Three survivors were discovered in a state of terror after a family member shot and killed four relatives before taking his own life in Richmond, Texas over the weekend, according to authorities. The tragic incident took place on January 13 in the 17000 block of Cory Carnel Lane.
During a press conference on Wednesday, Fort Bend County Sheriff Eric Fagan provided more details about the horrifying scene. The suspect has been identified as 46-year-old Alrick “Shawn” Alphanso Barrett. He arrived at the home on Cory Cornel Lane to drop off his child after a visitation. Barrett requested to go inside, and the grandmother, unaware of what would transpire, granted his request.
Once inside the house, Barrett confronted his estranged wife and expressed his desire to reconcile, but she refused. This rejection triggered Barrett, who then began firing a gun. His estranged wife, aged 44, his brother-in-law, aged 43, his sister-in-law, aged 46, and his 8-year-old niece were all fatally shot by Barrett before he turned the gun on himself.
The grandmother and one of the two children who were hiding in a closet managed to call 911 during the terrifying ordeal. Prior to the shooting, deputies had responded to the home once before for a report of a verbal argument.
It is important to note that domestic violence situations can be reported to the Fort Bend County Women’s Center by calling 281-342-4357. They offer counseling, legal assistance, and emergency shelter. The National Domestic Violence Hotline can also be reached at 1-800-799-7233.
An ongoing investigation is being conducted into the tragic shooting incident. The Fort Bend County community is left in shock and mourning as they come to terms with this devastating loss.
The location of the incident, Richmond, is a small city in Fort Bend County, Texas. It is situated within the Houston metropolitan area and has a population of approximately 12,000 residents. This tight-knit community is known for its historical charm and vibrant local culture. The incident has left the community reeling and has sparked conversations about domestic violence prevention and support systems.