Connally High grad among victims in Plano mass shooting, friends say

Meredith Hight

Meredith Hight

A man who shot to death eight people at a Dallas-area house party before he was killed by police was identified on Tuesday as the estranged husband of one of the victims. He then went inside with her and opened fire as partygoers watched the Cowboys' season-opening game against the New York Giants.

Police were initially contacted around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday about shots fired in a suburban neighborhood off West Spring Creek Parkway. "Our first responding officer heard gunshots, made entry in the house and confronted the suspect, ultimately shooting and killing the suspect", Officer Tilley said. "This officer went directly into fire, where fire was taking place, and stopped the shooter's ability to continue to kill people".

Lane said her daughter had recently filed for divorce after six years of marriage.

Debbie Lane told WFAA television station that her daughter, Meredith Lane, owned the home.

In a CBS report, the city's police chief called the football party shooting the worst mass shooting in Plano's history.

Police have not yet confirmed the identities of those killed.

Police are still trying to figure out a motive for the shooting. Two others were injured in the shooting. Rushin said the officer then made the courageous decision to enter the home without waiting for backup.

He heard gunshots coming from inside the property and found some victims lying in the back yard. She opened her door and smelled gunpowder. Their conditions were not released. He said there were "bodies down in the backyard" and that the shooter was still active inside the home, police spokesman David Tilley told ABC News.

Neighbor Lauryn Nichols said she had a friend who'd been in the house and she didn't know what had happened to the person. She heard police who arrived yell "hands up" before more shots rang out.

The other shooting victims were identified as: Anthony Michael Cross, 33; Olivia Nicole Deffner, 24; James Richard Dunlop, 29; Darryl William Hawkins, 22; Rion Christopher Morgan, 31; Myah Sade Bass, 28; and Caleb Seth Edwards, 25.

Additional details were not immediately available.

The investigation is ongoing.

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