"The victims had opened gifts on Christmas and began to pick up the wrapping paper when they were shot dead in an apartment in Grapevine."
Four women and three men, aged 18 to 60 years, were found in the space they share the kitchen and the hall of the apartment when police entered the place of the world around noon, said Sgt Robert Eberling Grapevine police. Two handguns were found near the bodies in the house that was decorated with a Christmas tree.
Lt. Todd Dearing Grapevine police said that according to researchers all the victims were unknown , but some were just visiting. Police are searching for relatives of victims to report them.
"Seven people in one place in Grapevine, that never happened before. Never," said Dearing. He indicated that the police made a record "meticulous" of the apartment that could last many hours. " It seems they had just Christmas. They had opened their gifts, "he said.
The victims have not been identified yet. Eberling said authorities still do not know the cause of the incident.
Police and firefighters were quick to Lincoln Vineyards Apartments unit after receiving an emergency call around 11:30 am, Eberling said. " There was an open line. Nobody said anything, "he said.
Upon arrival, the police entered the house, located in Grapevine, a middle-class suburban neighborhood not far from the exclusive neighborhood of Fort Worth in Colleyville. The apartment is on the back of the dwelling unit, and from there you can see the sports field of Colleyville Heritage High School.
But many of the neighboring apartments are empty. Police said neighbors reported hearing either something wrong as they passed a quiet Christmas morning when not many people in the area.
Jose Fernandez, 35, a mechanic by trade who moved to the States with his family six months ago, said the place is safe, but now fears letting his 10 year old son play freely outside. "That's pretty awful, especially at Christmas," said Fernandez, who left to visit relatives and when he returned he met with several police cars parked outside his home.
Eberling agreed that the area is very quiet. Christy Posch, a flight attendant who moved to the unit for nearly six months before his son could attend school, said he lives a few buildings away and did not hear gunshots. "They are all families.'s Why I moved here.There are no burglaries, no nothing, "he said.