Yet another “good guy with a gun,” or “bad guy with a gun,” or something–at this point, the lines are blurred–has decided to exercise his right to carry a firearm into battle against his family. Ron Haskell, 34, went into Sprint, Texas home where his family was staying on Wednesday and opened fire, killing six people, including four children ages 4-13 only to be stopped by his own daughter.
The lone survivor, Haskell’s 15-year-old daughter, bravely dialed 911 to notify police that her father intended to next kill her grandparents, leading to a tense, three-hour standoff outside their home. The girl’s bravery, despite receiving a gunshot to the head, allowed police to intercept Haskell.
The victims included two boys, 13 and 4, two girls, 9 and 7, a 39-year-old man, and a 33-year-old women at the scene of the shooting.
Three of the children were found dead inside the home, and the fourth died after being airlifted to a hospital, according to police. The surviving 15-year-old girl is in critical condition.
Haskell led police on a short chase, followed by a three-hour standoff in a cul-de-sac, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
Police vehicles blocked Haskell’s car as he engaged with officers from the driver’s seat. Nearby homes were evacuated as he communicated with police via cell phone while holding a gun to his head. Finally, authorities swarmed the vehicle and took him into custody.
It was originally reported that five children and one adult had been killed, and police originally provided the wrong name for the suspect–something for which the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office later apologized, calling it a “fluid situation.” The information was later corrected.
Police have not revealed the connection the slain adults had to the children, but say that Haskell and his wife are estranged, and all children were theirs. They speculate this is “some kind of domestic dispute.”
Watch a report on this tragic shooting below:
The state of Texas is home to open carry advocates Open Carry Texas, a group that regularly parades around with heavy weaponry in an attempt to advance the gun rights of people like Haskell. The group is known for threatening women who oppose them, posting personal information of those who dare call police when they become concerned with the group’s actions, and generally adopting a nonsensical approach to gun rights, in general–because they don’t believe that the fact that people like Haskell can obtain a deadly weapon is a problem.