Mass shooting in Texas during Cowboys watch party

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Residents in one Plano, Texas, neighborhood are in shock after a gunman shot seven people to death Sunday night during a Dallas Cowboys football watch party.

Police originally responded to a “weapons call” at the residence, but when officers arrived, they heard several gunshots and found an active shooter and several victims. Police shot and killed the gunman, and discovered seven people dead inside the home, plus the dead shooter.

Two other victims were injured and taken to local hospitals. All the victims were adults and no children were involved, police have reported.

One witness told a reporter that she heard arguing from the home, then shooting.

The shooting was described as “unlike anything that has ever happened before” in their area. Neither the shooter nor any of the victims have been identified, and no motive is known. The couple who lived in the home had reportedly sought a divorce in July.

The incident occurred on the 1700 block of West Spring Creek Parkway, near Custer Road, at approximately 8 p.m.

Police spokesman David Tilly said of the officer who first responded to the call and shot the suspect: “He made entry, and that’s when he observed several victims inside and then engaged the suspect.”

The officer was not hurt.

“I’ve been here all my life,” Tilley said. “I’ve never heard of anything like this.”

A neighbor who came outside to investigate, after all the police appeared and the shootings occurred, reportedly doubled over in agony when he learned of the exact home involved.

“I’m friends with probably everyone that was in that house,” the neighbor said, confirming they had been holding a Cowboys watch party there that night.

Another neighbor said earlier in the afternoon, she’d seen people grilling outside and laughing together. “My heart is still beating, like, a million miles per hour. I’m not going to sleep tonight,” she said.

This is a developing story; police are still investigating the scene. Over three dozen police vehicles responded to the incident, and the area remained closed throughout the morning rush hour on Monday.

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