Authorities in Texas are working to determine what led to a shootout on Friday that killed two people in a private home and two others in a nursing home before the shooter killed himself.
Robstown Police Chief Erasmo Flores told a press conference on Saturday that the victims and the shooter were all part of the same family. The police believe that Richard Starry, 60, shot his father, 85-year-old Ernest Starry, and stepmom Thelma Montalvo at the Retama Manor nursing home in Robstown.
Richard Starry then fatally shot himself into the infirmary home, about 20 miles from Corpus Christi and two hours south of San Antonio.
A family member later summoned officers to the couple's home where the bodies of their 13-year-old adoptive son and a 41-year-old son of Montalvo were also found shot dead. The names of the other two sons and the age of Montalvo were not published.
"Evidence leads us to believe that the two killed in this house were the first victims of this shooting," Flores said.
The body of the older Starr was found next to Montalvo, KIII-TV reported.
Flores said during the press conference that the investigators are "diligent" working on the case and that the results will be submitted to the prosecutor for review.
Enrique Paredez, a police lieutenant in Corpus Christi suburb of Robstown, told reporters that the reason for the shootout remains unclear.
"As far as a motive, the investigation at this time is too early to determine," said Paredez.
TEXAS NURSING HOME SHEET LEAVES 3 DEAD, 2 OTHER BODIES FOUND NEARBY HOME: POLICE
The shooting in the nursing home caused a massive response from law enforcement agencies as the police put the facility in the locked position the first shooting ng at 19 o'clock on friday.
The Retama Manor Nursing Center is a mid-sized, for-profit, 94-bed nursing home, police said.
Reuben Garcia, whose father lives in the nursing home, was in the apartment at the time of the shooting
"I thought it was just a fallen ladder, that's how it sounded to me." # 39; run, run & # 39 ;, "Garcia told the Associated Press. "That's how we ran," he fetched his father from the building.
Residents and family members were asked to go to a nearby high school, where they were waiting for the suspension to be lifted.
"You never believe it will happen to your family". Doris Salazar, whose mother lives in the nursing home, told The Caller Times. "They believe they are safe."
Fox News – Madeline Farber and The Associated Press have contributed to this report.