5 dead, including 8-year-old in San Jacinto County, fugitive shooter
Texas mass shooting suspect Francisco Oropesa was captured Tuesday following a dramatic four-day manhunt after the FBI received a tip of his whereabouts.
The 38-year-old accused gunman was found hiding under a pile of laundry in the closet of a house in Cut and Shoot, a town near the city of Cleveland, where he allegedly carried out Friday’s terror attack.
San Jacinto County Sheriff Greg Capers said during a news conference Tuesday that the “coward” was taken into custody without incident.
“He was caught hiding in a closet under dirty clothes,” the sheriff said. “They did indeed make the arrest. He is unharmed. A woman was also arrested at the scene.
Oropesa was arrested on murder charges in the Friday shooting that unfolded when his neighbors asked him to stop shooting near their home because a baby was trying to sleep.
He allegedly broke into his neighbors’ house with an AR-15-style rifle and opened fire on the people inside.
Sonia Argentina Guzmán, 25, her nine-year-old son, Daniel Enrique Laso-Guzmán, Diana Velázquez Alvarado, 21, Julisa Molina Rivera, 31, and José Jonathan Cásarez, 18, were killed in the shooting.
Nine-year-old boy killed in mass shooting in Texas as he ran to protect his mother from gunman
Moments before nine-year-old Daniel Enrique Laso-Guzmán was shot dead, he was running to protect his mother from the shooter, his heartbroken father said.
Daniel and his mother, 25-year-old Sonia Argentina Guzmán, were among five victims of a horrific mass shooting in Cleveland, Texas, this past weekend.
Daniel’s father, Wilson Garcia, to NBC News: “My son died because he wanted to protect his mother because when he saw her fall, he ran to where she was.”
“AND [the suspected shooter] He had no compassion, seeing a child crying for his mother.”
The shooting also claimed the lives of three other people who were in the house: Diana Velázquez Alvarado, 21, Julisa Molina Rivera, 31, and José Jonathan Casarez, 18.
sravasti dasguptaMay 3, 2023 10:00
Why Greg Abbott’s Response to the Latest Texas Mass Shooting Shouldn’t Come as a Surprise
On Friday, five people, including a nine-year-old boy, were shot dead in a terror attack at a home in Cleveland.
In all, Texas has been rocked by at least six major mass shootings under the watch of Gov. Greg Abbott, according to a Texas Tribune database.
And, after each one, he has been criticized for his inaction.
sravasti dasguptaMay 3, 2023 09:00
Survivors question why authorities did not arrive sooner
Wilson Garcia, who lost his wife and son in a mass shooting Friday, said he and his wife called local police multiple times because their neighbor, suspected shooter Francisco Oropesa, kept shooting outside.
The family reportedly called five times.
But the police were not quick enough to respond, and Mr. Oropesa allegedly entered the house and began shooting, killing five people, including Mr. García’s wife and their nine-year-old son.
Ramiro Guzmán, another person inside the house, hid in a closet with his wife and young son calling 911 over and over again, according to NBC News.
He claims that a dispatcher told him that an officer was already on the scene even though there was no officer.
“They hung up the call. She would call again,” Guzmán said in an interview.
“Then I called my aunt who lives two blocks away to see if they would answer. I thought maybe they didn’t believe me and that’s why they didn’t want to help, but maybe they would believe her.”
Now, survivors and other neighbors are wondering why the police didn’t show up sooner.
Ariana BaioMay 3, 2023 08:00
Heroic mother confronted Texas gunman at door after calling 911 five times before mass shooting terror
A mother shot in a mass shooting in Texas on Friday died when she heroically confronted the gunman at her front door after the family called 911 five times to report the suspect.
Wilson Garcia spoke out Sunday night after his wife Sonia Argentina Guzmán, 25, and their son Daniel Enrique Laso-Guzmán, 9, were among the five innocent victims killed in the shocking massacre in Cleveland, Texas. .
Garcia said the shooting unfolded when the family asked suspect Francisco Oropesa to stop firing his gun so close to their home because the children were trying to sleep.
Oropesa refused, saying that he was on his property and that he could do whatever he wanted. As the shooting continued, the family called 911 to report Mr. Oropesa.
About 10 to 20 minutes later, Garcia said he saw the suspect running toward his house while reloading his AR-15-style rifle with ammunition.
He said he urged his wife to get inside away from the gunman, but she refused and went to confront Oropesa.
“I told my wife, ‘Come in. This man has loaded his gun,’” Garcia said, according to The Associated Press.
“My wife told me to come in because ‘he won’t shoot me, I’m a woman.'”
Guzmán was wrong and became the first victim shot dead in the terror attack that has shocked the entire country.
sravasti dasguptaMay 3, 2023 07:00
Texas shooting suspect found hiding in closet under dirty clothes
The gunman accused of fatally shooting five Texas neighbors after a noise complaint was filed against him has been caught hiding in a closet under his clothes after four days on the run.
Francisco Oropesa, 38, was arrested in the town of Cut and Shoot, Texas, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Tuesday night.
Authorities said Mr. Oropesa was found hiding under clothing in a closet at his sister’s home that had been previously searched following a new tip to an FBI tip line, reported The Houston Chronicle.
sravasti dasguptaMay 3, 2023 06:00
Gun Safety Advocates Express Horror Over Texas Mass Shooting
Gun safety advocates have denounced the latest deadly mass shooting in the US, which left five people dead on Friday night.
Ariana BaioMay 3, 2023 05:00
9-year-old victim was a friend of the alleged shooter’s son, report says
Daniel Enrique Laso-Guzman, the nine-year-old boy who was shot to death by his neighbor in a gruesome mass shooting on Friday, was a friend of the alleged shooter’s son, according to an NBC News report.
According to Daniel’s uncle, Ramiro Guzmán, he was riding a bicycle with the son of Francisco Oropesa, the alleged shooter.
“My nephew, he always took his bike to where the school bus stopped,” Guzmán said. “Sometimes they went together, my nephew and his son.”
“They were like friends. And he killed him,” Guzmán told NBC News.
Ariana BaioMay 3, 2023 04:00
FBI publishes police photo of Francisco Oropesa
The FBI has released jailhouse photos of Francisco Oropesa, a Texas man accused of shooting to death five of his neighbors.
Oropesa, who has been charged with five counts of murder, was found by police hiding under his clothes in a closet thanks to an anonymous tip, according to authorities.
jose marcusMay 3, 2023 03:45
Multiple Agencies Involved in Arrest of Fugitive Gunman
Multiple law enforcement agencies were reportedly involved in the Tuesday night capture of Francisco Oropesa, a Texas man accused of killing five of his neighbors on Friday.
US Marshals, the Texas Department of Public Safety and US Border Patrol were part of the operation that captured the 38-year-old man, ABC 13 reports.
jose marcusMay 3, 2023 03:31
Police investigate how Oropesa bought an assault rifle
Francisco Oropesa, a Texas man wanted for allegedly shooting five people in the city of Cleveland on Friday, may have illegally purchased an assault rifle used in the shootings.
San Jacinto County Sheriff Greg Capers said authorities are investigating how the 38-year-old man was able to obtain such a weapon given the man’s previous run-ins with police, including deportation four times.
The sheriff said he thought the man might have been able to “buy it off someone else on the street.”
jose marcusMay 3, 2023 03:18