Three people were found dead in a nursing home in southern Texas after police responded to calls from an active shooter at the site. Further investigation revealed that two more people were dead in a similar location, the police said.
At about 7:00 pm, the police reported to the Retama Manor Nursing Center in Robstown, Texas, a small town about two hours south of San Antonio. Local time for reports of a shootout, according to the Robstown Police Department. On arrival, three people were found dead, including the gunman, according to Robstown Chief Administrator and city secretary Herman Rodriguez. Two men and one woman were declared dead on arrival, the police said.
Robstown police called the threat "neutralized" in a release.
The authorities later found two other people, both men, dead in the suspect's home in Robstown, to San Antonio ABC Affiliate KIII.
Rodriguez told KIII he could not publish any further information about how the shootings went. A new conference is expected to take place on Saturday afternoon, the city said.
Authorities say that the investigation of the killings continues and only a few details matter Respect for the affected family. Rodriguez said he was "stunned" by the situation.
"Anything we would say at this time in this tragedy at this time would be speculation and we definitely do not want to speculate," said Rodriguez to KIII. "This is a profound incident that does not happen very often here in Robstown, we need to keep the empathy of the family, this is a small town here in Robstown."
The Retama Manor Nursing Center has been described by the police as a medium-sized, nonprofit nursing home with 94 beds. The company operates a number of nursing homes in South Texas.
"Up-to-date information will be scarce because we're investigating a murder investigation and compromising anything that could hamper this investigation," Robstown Police Chief Erasmo Flores said in a statement. "Our hearts go to the families of the victim [sic] and the residents, visitors and employees of Retama Manor, who have experienced this tragedy."
Texas Rangers will help with the murder investigation.