A neighborhood incident turned into a massacre Saturday night in Texas. Francisco Oropeza, a 38-year-old resident of Cleveland, Texas was firing his rifle in his yard late night Saturday. His neighbors complained about the disturbance the rifle caused. He got upset by his neighbors so without a warning he stormed next door and opened fire on the home.
Five people were killed including two children. San Jacinto County Sheriff Greg Capers said, “every one that was shot was shot from the neck up, almost execution-style.” The Sherriff also said that the crime scene revealed that some of the adults seemed to be protecting the children.
After the incident, Oropeza fled the scene and took to the wooded forest near the area.
The authorities immediately started a search for the perpetrator including a drone search and tracking dogs. They found some clothes and a phone in the woods but Oropeza wasn’t found.
What ensued was a massive manhunt involving 250 officers both from the FBI and the police. By Sunday afternoon the authorities said they had no leads on Oropeza’s whereabouts.
To escalate the manhunt, an $80,000 reward was put out for anyone who could point the authorities to Oropeza.
The community is still grieving from the incident. Many people around the area are still living in fear that the suspect is at large.