Family friend: Woman shoots, kills several family members before turning gun on herself

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

HOUSTON -- Friends and family are shocked after they say a woman went on a shooting spree, killing several members of her family before killing herself.

Five people were found shot at three different homes in southeast Houston and Fresno. Four were dead and one was clinging to life.

Authorities have not confirmed if the shootings are connected, but Delia Ledet, a longtime family friend of the victims, told CW 39 NewsFix that the alleged shooter was a young mother.

Ledet said Dekitta Holmes shot her mother, LaVerne Holmes, and stepfather, Robert, at their home at 3829 Mt. Pleasant before turning the gun on herself. Houston Police arrived Friday around 7 a.m. to find Dekitta Holmes and her stepfather dead at the scene and her mother in critical condition.

[Raw video of family friend speaking to NewsFix]

Dekitta Holmes lived at 3821 Mt. Pleasant, just a few doors down from her parents. When police went to her house, they found a man also shot to death. The relationship between the man and the alleged shooter has not been released.

Authorities were also sent to 4831 Richmond Knolls Lane in Fresno, where they found the body of Carolyn Holmes, the older sister of Dekitta Holmes.

Friends and family say Dekitta Holmes shot them all, and were struggling to find out what made her snap.

Shortly before taking her own life, Dekitta Holmes allegedly called another one of her sisters, Deka Holmes, and told her what she had done. Dekitta Holmes allegedly asked her sister to watch out for the children she was leaving behind, requesting that they not be separated.

Deka Holmes reached out to authorities and asked them to check on her family.

Ledet said such behavior was not common for Dekitta Holmes, who was known as smart, loving and full of life.

"She's a criminal justice law major, she is a college student, she takes care of her kids. We are just flabbergasted," Ledet said. "She is an outgoing person, a loving person and she just loves her kids. I can't imagine waking up this morning knowing that she done something like this."

Ledet said LaVerne Holmes is still fighting for her life.

"The last that we heard she is in critical condition but she is still fighting for her life. She is a strong woman but she ain't gonna go out without a fight. She's a very strong woman."

Authorities are still investigating the multiple crime scenes.