A seven-year-old girl ran sobbing for help to a neighbor after her mother’s husband shot the woman and then himself in a murder-suicide at their home, police said today.
The girl, who has two brothers aged one and six, ran to the home of her mother’s friend following the fatal shootings in Houston, Texas.
The shootings took place around 3am on Thursday, according to the Houston Police Department
The female victim who suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the head was named as 27-year-old Candice Williams.
The male suspect Phillip Deckard, 24, also suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Ms Williams’ friend Brittnee Phillips told Click2Houston: ‘Her baby came running to my door. I was asleep. (She was) Running to the door saying, ”My mama’s dead, my mama’s dead!” And I didn’t know what to do.
‘I just got up and ran and put some clothes on and went down there. Her body and his body were on the floor and the baby was in the room.’
Mother-of-three Ms Williams reportedly worked for a local charity called the Hearts With Hope foundation.
Neighbors told KHOU that the couple had recently married and had been together for around a year.
One said: ‘They was a good family, she loved the kids, it didn’t have to be like this.’
The neighbor took all three children out of the home before calling the police. Officers found a gun and the two deceased in an upstairs bedroom.
None of the children were injured in the tragic incident and have been placed in their grandmother’s care.
HPD Homicide Division authorities said: ‘Following an argument at their residence, suspect Deckard shot his wife, Ms. Williams, and then himself.’