Report By: Nina Rai
Dallas, 26 Dec., 2011
In a “gruesome” incident on Christmas Day, the police in Texas discovered the bodies of seven persons shot to death, in a two-storey unit of Lincoln Vineyards, a Dallas-area apartment on Sunday, Dec 25, 2011. All around were newly unwrapped Christmas presents, the investigating authorities informed.
The crime scene looked like the victims had just opened up the Christmas gifts wrappings, when they were gunned down. One of the dead appears to be the killer gunman, in what the investigators believe is a murder-suicide. All the dead appeared to be members of the same family.
Sergent Robert Eberling of the Grapevine Police Department described the incident as a "gruesome crime scene" and the worst massacre in that town's history. According to him, the police team entered the first floor living room of the apartment to find the gory sight of the bodies of four women and three men, aged between 18 and 60 lying scattered in an adjacent kitchen and the drawing-room area.
Two handguns decorated for Christmas with a tree were also found near the bodies in the apartment. "It appears they had just celebrated Christmas … (and) they had opened their gifts," informed Eberling. None of the victims have been identified but they all seem to be have lost their lives from gunshot wounds, added the Police Sergeant.
Further, he said "We are pretty confident that the shooter is among the deceased victims inside the apartment… We are not actively looking for a shooter that we believe is at large." It was around 11.30 am on receiving an open-ended emergency call that the police and firefighters had rushed to the scene of the crime. There was an open line and no one was saying anything as yet, the sergeant added.
Since the front door was locked, the police had to enter the apartment from the rear. Despite it being a Christmas morning, several of the neighboring apartments were vacant. What is surprising is no neighbors had reported hearing anything, informed the police.
The apartment complex, is located in a typically middle-class, suburban neighborhood of Grapevine. It’s a community of around 46,000 people located some 20 miles northwest of central Dallas. As the name suggests, Grapevine, is famous for its wine-tasting salons. In-fact recently it was declared by the State Senate as the "Christmas Capital of Texas" for its wealth of annual holiday-season galas.
Source: Herald Sun