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Texas shooting spree: Young mother and handyman named among six victims in Austin

Shane James, 34, arrested on capital murder charges on Tuesday

Andrea Blanco
Friday 08 December 2023 14:06 GMT
Texas shooting spree: 6 dead, 2 officers hurt

A complex investigation has been launched after six people were found dead across two major cities in Texas.

Suspect Shane James, 34, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with capital murder charges in connection with the deaths of four people in Austin. James is also accused of killing his parents Phyllis James, 55, and Shane Matthew James Sr, 56 at their home in San Antonio.

Police identified two of the victims killed in Austin as 24-year-old Sabrina Rahman and Emmanuel Pop Ba, 32.

A friend of Pop Ba told The Austin-American Stateman that he was sitting inside a car when the gunman opened fire on him. Pop Ba was helping that friend move to their new home.

Rahman’s uncle Marshall Hussain also told the outlet that his niece was struck by gunfire as she was walking her baby in a stroller.

“She did her last act to push the child away,” Mr Hussain said.

James, who has a history of mental health issues and was discharged from the Army due to a domestic violence incident, was taken into custody after crashing his car while fleeing police following a shootout with an officer who suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

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Gov Abbot message to Texans after shooting spree

“Texans grieve for the loved ones of the six Texans who were murdered by a hardened criminal who must never see the light of day again. The murderer also shot two law enforcement officers in the line of duty. Texas is a law-and-order state, and violence will never be tolerated.

“We thank all state and local law enforcement and first responders who apprehended this criminal and protected their communities.

“The State of Texas will provide all resources necessary to impose the full weight of law on this criminal for his despicable crimes.

“Cecilia and I ask our fellow Texans to join us in lifting up in prayer the families and loved ones of those who were killed, as well as the Texans who are recovering from injuries, including an Austin Police Officer and an Austin Independent School District police officer.

Andrea Blanco7 December 2023 01:00
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Suspect identified after six people killed in multi-city Texas ‘shooting spree’

A suspect has been named in a series of apparent murders and shootings that left six people dead and three others injured across two major Texas cities.

Shane James, 34, is facing capital murder charges, police said.

He was linked to the deaths of four people on Tuesday in Austin, where two police officers and a cyclist were shot and injured. Authorities said during a press conference before Mr James was identified that the suspect had an outstanding assault and family violence warrant.

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Suspect arrested in Austin after six killed in multi-city Texas ‘shooting spree’

The suspect was arrested in Austin after crashing a car

Andrea Blanco7 December 2023 02:00
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Suspect is responsible for six deaths, police say

“We strongly believe one suspect is responsible for all of the incidents,” Robin Henderson, Austin interim police chief, said at a news conference Tuesday night.

She said that police “did not determine that these incidents were connected until the last incident occurred” Tuesday night.

Andrea Blanco7 December 2023 03:00
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Three injured victims expected to make full recovery

The injured in the eight-hour attack on Tuesday included two police officers and a bicyclist, police said.

Authorities have said they are expected to recover.

Andrea Blanco7 December 2023 04:00
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Texas shooting spree: What we know so far

Texas shooting spree: What we know so far
Andrea Blanco7 December 2023 05:00
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Shane James had history of mental health issues, police say

On Wednesday, Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said that James was arrested in January 2022 and charged with three misdemeanours for family assault after allegedly attacking a sibling and both his parents. The family reportedly told authorities that James did not belong in jail because he suffered from severe mental health issues.

“I believe that the request was made by the family members that he had nowhere to go but home,” Sheriff Salazar said. “March 7, he was released from jail. On March 8, we know that he cut his ankle monitor.”

In August, deputies responded to a mental health call at the James’ home.

The suspect was naked and having a mental health episode but was not arrested despite his three outstanding misdemeanours because the deputies were not allowed to force entry into his room. James barricaded inside his upstairs bedroom and used racial slurs as he confronted deputies trying to de-escalate the situation, Sheriff Salazar said.

The deputies left after James Sr promised to give them a call once his son left the room. Sheriff Salazar said that the father never did so.

The sheriff said his department is investigating how James, who was unmedicated at the time of the attack, gained access to a weapon.

Andrea Blanco7 December 2023 05:10
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What we know about Texas shooting spree that left six dead miles apart

An eight-hour rampage in Texas at different crime scenes in the cities of San Antonio and Austin has left six people dead, including the suspect’s parents.

The Austin Police Department identified the suspect in the attacks as 34-year-old Shane James, who has a history of mental health illness and was previously arrested for attacking several family members. James, who is currently in custody, now faces charges of capital murders in connection with the daylong violence on Tuesday.

The dead were found in several homes miles from each other and authorities have yet to provide a motive in the killings.

The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office said that James’ parents were among the six deceased victims.

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What we know about Texas shooting spree that left six dead miles apart

Authorities in Texas said that six bodies were found at three different crime scenes in San Antonio and Austin. A link between the crimes was not established until the suspect, 34-year-old Shane James, was arrested on Tuesday night

Andrea Blanco7 December 2023 06:00
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Shane James, 34, identified as suspect in Tuesday’s rampage

Andrea Blanco7 December 2023 07:00
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A map of the attacks on Tuesday

A map of the attacks in San Antonio and Austin on Tuesday

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Suspect was unmedicated, police say

In August, deputies responded to a mental health call at the James’ home.

The suspect was naked and having a mental health episode but was not arrested despite his three outstanding misdemeanours because the deputies were not allowed to force entry into his room. James barricaded inside his upstairs bedroom and used racial slurs as he confronted deputies trying to de-escalate the situation, Sheriff Salazar said.

The deputies left after James Sr promised to give them a call once his son left the room. Sheriff Salazar said that the father never did so.

The sheriff said his department is investigating how James, who was unmedicated at the time of the attack, gained access to a weapon.

Andrea Blanco7 December 2023 10:00

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