PLANO, Texas – At least nine people are dead and one person remains in the hospital after a backyard cookout turned into a massive shooting Sunday night in Plano, Texas.
“We’ve never seen anything like this in our city before,” Chief Gregory W. Rushin of the Plano Police Department said.
The shooting, which occurred at a home in the 700 block of W. Spring Creek Parkway at around 8 p.m., came to an end after a lone officer responded to the scene within two minutes of a disturbance call. Rushin said the officer went to the back of the house after hearing several shots fired.
“When something like this happens, you can’t wait — every second matters,” Rashin said.
The officer confronted the gunman inside the home, where the suspect was shot and killed. Rashkin said the shooter was armed with at least two firearms of different types.
Investigators said a total of seven deceased and two wounded victims were found throughout the property.
"I've lived here 22 years, and it doesn't happen here," Plano resident Bruce Armstrong said. "Every now and then you'll hear a gunshot maybe, but it's very uncommon. It's a quiet neighborhood."
The injured victims were taken to the hospital, where one of them later passed away. The police department will not release the names of the victims or suspect until their family members have been notified. Police described the deceased as being mostly men and women in their 20s and 30s.
The shooter was familiar with his victims and the incident was isolated, Ranshin said. Investigators are not looking for any additional suspects, the chief said.
The responding officer has been placed on administrative leave with pay, pending an investigation into the officer’s actions by the Texas Rangers. Rashin applauded the officer for his bravery and said the investigation of the officer is standard procedure.
“We’re one of the safest cities in the county,” Ranshin said. ”We’ve never seen this many victims. We’ve never had a shooting of this magnitude.”