A man in Plano, Texas shot and killed eight people, including his ex-wife, at a football viewing party at her home on Sunday night. Spencer James Hight, 32, has been identified as the gunman. He was shot and killed by a police officer who responded to the scene.
"He made entry, and that's when he observed several victims inside and then engaged the suspect," police spokesman David Tilley told Dallas News.
Hight and his 27-year-old ex-wife, Meredith Emily Hight, would have celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary on Monday if they were still together, CBSDFW reported.
According to CBS News, the other victims have been identified as 33-year-old Anthony Michael Cross; 24-year-old Olivia Nicole Deffner; 29-year-old James Richard Dunlop; 22-year-old Darryl William Hawkins; 31-year-old Rion Christopher Morgan; 28-year-old Myah Sade Bass; and 25-year-old Caleb Seth Edwards.
The shooting took place at Meredith Hight's home. Her mother said that Meredith owned the home. She was hosting a party to watch a football game with friends when the gunfire erupted.
Meredith's mother, Debbie Lane, told CBSDFW that her daughter filed for divorce because Spencer was a physically abusive alcoholic.
"After two years of trying to get him in treatment, trying to get him to stop, trying to help him… she said, enough is enough. She made every effort she could… and could leave that relationship with no regrets."
In the divorce papers, Meredith cited "discord or conflict of personalities.”
The day before the shooting, Lane talked to her daughter on the phone. She said Meredith was preparing for the party. Neighbors said the party started off cheerful; people were grilling outside in the afternoon. Then around 8 pm, gunshots and the smell of gunpowder filled the air.
Neighbor Stacey Glover told Dallas News that after police arrived on scene, Glover heard officers yelling, "Hands up," before the spraying of more gunfire was heard.
Some of the shooting victims were found in the backyard of the home, according to CNN. Spencer was reportedly spotted at a bar with a gun before the shooting.
"We've never had a shooting of this magnitude. We've never seen this many victims before. It's just a terrible event," Plano Police Chief Greg Rushin said.
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