Suspected Spring Shooter Collapses in Court [UPDATED]
Updated: This story was updated to include a statement from a father of one of the victims.
It can be tough to face reality. The man accused of killing six members of his ex-wife's family collapsed in court Friday morning upon hearing the allegations against him, according to reports.
The Associated Press reported that Ronald Lee Haskill, who, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office, killed six people at a north Harris County home Wednesday, fell to the ground twice during a probable cause hearing -- losing blood in his face while his knees buckled. According to the AP, he was eventually wheeled out of the courtroom and is being treated in the Harris County Jail.
According to the Harris County Sheriff's Office, Haskill posed as a delivery man to gain entrance into a residence located in the 700 block of Leaflet Lane in Spring. Upon entering, he shot and killed his former in-laws, Katie and Stephen Kay, and four of their children, according to the sheriff's office.
Roger Lyon, father of Katie Stay, released this statement through the Harris County Sheriff's Office:
Stephen and Katie Stay and their beautiful children were an amazing and resilient family. They lived to help others, both at church and in their neighborhood. We love them beyond words.
Cassidy Stay, 15, who survived the attack, is expected to make a full recovery. We are grateful for this miracle. We are in awe of her bravery and courage in calling 911, an act that is likely to have saved all of our lives. She is our hero. More information will be forthcoming in the days ahead about her heroics, but right now we want to concentrate on getting her well.
"We are also grateful for all who have reached out with their prayers, well-wishes and offers of help. We send our unending gratitude to law enforcement and first responders whose quick actions saved many lives.
"We are shocked and devastated by this tragedy that has taken these precious souls away from us. At this time, we are not able to make any statements or grant any interviews as our grief is difficult to bear. Please respect our privacy and that of our family members as we continue to try to make sense of what's happened.
A 15-year-old girl was grazed by a bullet during the shooting, but it is believed she will be okay.
Assistant Harris County District Attorney Tammy Thomas told the Houston Chronicle, "I think reality is setting in."
The grand jury will decide whether to issue a capital murder indictment in Haskill's case.
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