Three people were shot dead in a Texas home on Friday night and two others were found dead in a nearby home where the authorities claimed they were episodes.
The police in Robstown, Texas, about 20 miles west of Corpus Christi, responded to an "active shooting" at the Retama Manor Nursing Center at about 19:00 on Friday.
Three people were found dead in the nursing home, and the killer was among the dead, said Herman Rodriguez, a city spokesman. Officials did not specifically say how the killer had died, even though they said that the threat in the nursing home was "neutralized" by the arrival of the officers.
Two people were also found dead in the home of one of the nursing home victims, Rodriguez said. He said family members went to the residence and discovered the bodies.
It was unclear how these two people died, but Mr. Rodriguez called the attack in the nursing home the "primary shootout."
Robstown is a city of about 11,500 people. According to the police, the nursing home is a not-for-profit nursing college with about 94 beds
"This is a profound incident that does not happen very often in Robstown," said Rodriguez in an interview with local news media on Friday. "We are a small community and many families, we know each other."
More than 50 people gathered in the parking lot of the Family Dollar store opposite the nursing home Daisy Velasquez deputy head of the store, said in an interview Friday night. Family members of nursing home residents waited there to hear more from the authorities, she said.
She said police entered the store Friday night and told them to lock all their doors. The authorities first told the staff that there had been a reported robbery, she said, then corrected herself to say it was a shootout.
Sandra E. Garcia contributed to the report.
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