It was during a family meeting that a mother pulled out a five-shot, .38 caliber handgun and shot her two daughters to death, the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office announced Monday.
Christy Sheats, 42, called her husband, Jason, and two daughters, ages 22 and 17, into the living room for the meeting around 5 p.m. Friday, though a police spokesman said the police aren't yet sure why. When the family convened, Sheats pulled out the gun and shot her daughters, Taylor and Madison. The sisters and their father managed to run out of their Fulshear house through the front door, but Madison collapsed shortly after. Jason continued running to the end of the cul-de-sac as Taylor followed. She was in the middle of the street when Sheats came outside and shot her again.
According to the sheriff's office, a witness told police she saw Sheats go back inside to reload her gun, then come back outside to shoot Taylor once more.
Police pulled up at that time, as Sheats sat in the street with the gun. They ordered her to drop the gun. When she didn't, one officer fatally shot her.
Taylor was airlifted to the hospital, where she died. Jason Sheats, 45, was uninjured.
Little has emerged as to why Sheats killed her daughters — Taylor, a talented artist; and Madison, a beloved neighborhood babysitter and tutor who was about to enter her senior year of high school. One neighbor told KTRK that Sheats and her husband had recently reunited after separating because of marital problems. In a statement, the sheriff's office said deputies responded to 14 calls for service at their residence since January 2012, some just for alarm trips, though the sheriff's office would not provide any more details on the calls.
Christy Sheats was a self-described gun advocate and accused Democrats of trying to take away her guns multiple times, according to her Facebook page. She wrote once, "It would be horribly tragic if my ability to protect myself or my family were to be taken away."
In September 2015, she wrote, "Happy Daughter's Day to my two amazing, sweet, kind, beautiful, intelligent girls. I love and treasure you both more than you could ever possibly know."