Sheriff: 4 dead in apparent murder-suicide in Galena Park

According to Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, the man shot and killed three teenage girls before taking his own life after the riot.

It happened around 10:30 pm Saturday at a house on 2nd Street near N. Main Street and Clinton Dr.

According to Gonzalez, the man started shooting at several women in the house after the riot. A man shot and killed a 19-year-old girl who, according to Gonzalez, was believed to be pregnant. He then shot two other women and then raped a 12-year-old girl in the house.

“He then proceeded to sexually abuse a 12-year-old girl who was in the residence,” Gonzalez said. “After that, he told her to go ahead and run out of the house…she did so and ran out of the house without clothes.”

The 12-year-old girl also managed to grab the one-year-old girl in the house as she ran for help. Gonzalez said that was when the Galena Park police arrived and found that the three teenagers had been shot dead. The man, who is in his 30s, was also found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

According to Gonzalez, the man had a relationship with a landlord, the mother of a 19-year-old teenager, and he was not the father of any of the teenagers he killed. Investigators will continue to piece together the relationships of everyone in the house, but Gonzalez also mentioned that the one-year-old rescued from the house was the child of the 19-year-old who was murdered.

Meanwhile, a 12-year-old girl who was attacked has been taken to the hospital and is being treated for her injuries.

“It’s just a tragic situation. It doesn’t make sense, it’s all pointless and very tragic,” Gonzalez said. “But our investigators will try to piece it all together, and we express our condolences to the families of the victims and to everyone affected, as well as to the entire city.”

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