A US man kills 5 neighbours when they objected to his shooting range
On Sunday, more than 200 law enforcement authorities in Texas looked for a man who is suspected of killing five people with a semiautomatic rifle after being urged to halt in Cleveland, Texas.
After being told to stop using an AR-15-style weapon late on Friday because it was keeping a baby awake, Francisco Oropesa, 38, is accused of opening fire on neighbours. One of the casualties is a boy, age 8.
James Smith, the FBI's special agent in charge in Houston, told reporters on Sunday that there are currently no leads.
Greg Capers, the sheriff for San Jacinto County, announced that over 200 officers were searching homes door to door for the suspect or any leads. An $80,000 reward is being offered by the authorities for information that will result in the suspect's capture.
Early communications from law enforcement had Oropesa's name spelt "Oropeza," but the spelling was modified "to better represent his identify in law enforcement systems," the FBI stated on Sunday. It provided no more information.
At 11:31 p.m. on Friday, authorities received a call from a residence in Cleveland, which is located roughly 45 miles (72 km) north of Houston.
Capers claimed on Saturday that the suspect entered his yard on Friday night and began firing shots, at which point some of the victims came outside to tell him to stop.
The man approached the barrier and announced, "Hey, we're trying to keep the baby asleep in here," according to Capers.
Then, both parties returned to their homes. According to Capers, Oropesa "topped off his magazine and walked down his driveway" onto the street before going "into the people's house and starting to shoot."
According to Capers, the majority of the victims had been shot "nearly execution-style" in the head. All five, according to the police, are Hondurans.
According to Capers, the suspect's home had received calls from neighbours before concerning noise coming from gunfire in his yard.
Sonia Argentina Guzman, age 25, Diana Velazquez Alvarado, age 21, Julisa Molina Rivera, age 31, José Jonathan Casarez, age 18, and Daniel Enrique Laso, age 8, were the victims. The FBI said they all appeared to be residents of the home, but they did not constitute a single family.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, mass shootings have become routine in the United States. At least 176 have occurred so far in 2023, which is the most at this stage of the year since at least 2016. A mass shooting, according to the nonprofit organisation, is any incident in which four or more persons are injured or killed, excluding the gunman.