Police in the United States are on the hunt for a man suspected of shooting dead five neighbours, including an 8-year-old boy, after some of them had asked him to stop shooting a semiautomatic rifle in his front yard in Cleveland, Texas, because it was keeping their baby awake.
San Jacinto County Sheriff Greg Capers told reporters on Saturday that the search area for the suspect, 38-year-old Francisco Oropeza, could now be as large as “10 or 20 miles” (16 to 32 km) as the gunman remained at large more than 15 hours after shooting his neighbours on Friday night.
The shooting happened near the town of Cleveland, Texas, about 72km (45 miles) north of Houston. The suspect may still be in possession of his weapon, an AR-15-style rifle, the sheriff said.
“We are tracking him with dogs and men on horseback and drones in the air,” Capers said.
On Friday night, the suspect started shooting off rounds from his rifle in his yard when some of his neighbours stepped out to confront him about noise, Capers said.
“The man walked over to the fence, said ‘Hey, we’re trying to keep the baby asleep in here,’” Capers said. Both parties then went back to their houses.
The suspect then “topped off his magazine, and walked down his driveway” onto the street then “into the people’s house and started shooting, Capers said.
He was quoted as saying by other news outlets that all the victims were shot in the head “almost execution-style”.