New Details Emerge About Victims Of Mass Shooting At Football Party: 'We've Never Had A Shooting Of This Magnitude'

The shooter was the party host's estranged husband. 

By Gina Tron

Nine people are dead, including the lone gunman, after a shooting at a Dallas Cowboys watch party in a Plano, Texas home on Sunday. 

In a CBS report, the city’s police chief called the football party shooting the worst mass shooting in Plano’s history.

"We've never had a shooting of this magnitude; never had this many victims," Plano Police Chief Greg W. Rushin said. The victims are all in their 20s and 30s.

Neighbor Stacey Glover told Dallas News that the party started off cheerful; people were grilling outside in the afternoon. She heard laughter and conversation. Then around 8 pm, she heard gunshots and smelled gunpowder. By 8:30 pm, a police officer spotted "bodies down in the backyard" and an active shooter inside the home.

The shooter, Spencer Hight, was shot and killed by police. His estranged wife Meredith Lane, 27, was hosting the party. They separated in Spring.

Darryl Hawkins was one of the men who perished in the deadly shooting. His friend Zully Romo went to the crime scene after Hawkins didn’t show up to work at an Acura dealership.

"Little by little I started connecting pieces and unfortunately, it led me here. It led me here to find out that he's not with us anymore," Romo said, as she left flowers near the shooting scene. "He had such a positive vibe.”

Loved ones of Tony Cross also visited the scene of the shooting. Carmen Carola said Cross was her boyfriend's best friend.

"Last time I saw him, we were dancing on my birthday," she said.

Cross was a motion capture animator, who worked on video games and commercial ads.

"He was just full of love. He had nothing by love in his heart. He was an amazing person, inside and out," said Carola.

Police are still trying to figure out a motive for the shooting.

[Photos: Facebook]

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