ARANSAS PASS, TEXAS – A 46-year-old man, his wife and daughter, 12, died of gunshot wounds from the incident, which occurred before 10 p.m. local time Tuesday, police said. The woman and girl died at an area hospital.
Five days after a Katy mother shot and killed her two daughters before being gunned down by police, another Texas town is going through a similar family tragedy.
In Aransas Pass, about 195 miles south of Katy, near Corpus Christi, police are investigating a shooting that began as domestic violence which left a man, his wife and 12-year-old stepdaughter dead Tuesday night, according to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.
Steven Dolan shot himself after shooting his 47-year-old wife Brenda and stepdaughter in their home in the 1700 block of West Highland Avenue in Aransas Pass, according to the Corpus Christi newspaper. Dolan’s wife was pronounced dead at the scene. Dolan and his stepdaughter were taken to a nearby hospital where they died later that night.
Aransas Pass police did not immediately respond for comment.
Corpus Christi Fire Chief Robert Rocha told MySA.com Wednesday that Dolan was a firefighter for the department for 19 years.
“We have no past history that we identified that could have predicted this type of behavior,” Docha said. “If so, we would have done everything in our power to try and prevent it.”
The fire chief said Dolan’s wife had relatives who worked for the department and that “many” are feeling “confused” and “upset” about the incident.
“Thoughts and prayers are with all of the families involved in this tragic situation,” he said. “We’re just all upset about the loss of life that took place.”
In Katy, the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office responded to a family meeting that ended with a mother and two daughters fatally shot in the street on Friday, June 24. Investigators said Christy Sheats called a family meeting Friday when an argument escalated out of control when she lifted a five-shot, .3-caliber handgun and opened fire on her two daughters, Taylor, 22, and Madison,17.
Both daughters and their father managed to leave the house, where Madison fell down and died. Taylor ran into the street and her mother shot her again, went back inside to reload the gun, and then shot her daughter again. Taylor later died at the Texas Medical Center.
Christy Sheats was shot by police after she refused to drop her gun.