According to , The woman killed by police after she fatally shot her two daughters at their Texas home was identified as an outspoken gun advocate.
Christy Sheats, 42, shot and killed her two young daughters, Taylor, 22, and Madison Sheats, 17, on what neighbors said was their father’s birthday, according to local reports. A family spat started inside the married couple’s Houston-area home and spiraled into gun violence that spilled out onto their street.
“It was a family argument that turned into a shooting,” Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls told the Houston Chronicle. “But we’re still trying to put the pieces together.”
A witness said the sisters tried escaping with their father, but Taylor collapsed outside the home and Madison was shot in the back, KTRK-TV reported.
Jason and Christy Sheats recently reunited after separating, a neighbor told the TV station.
Police records revealed that deputies had been called multiple times in the past to the family’s home, located west of Houston in an unincorporated area near Fulshear, Texas.
“But as to why we were called here, I don’t know,” Nehls said.
Sheats’ husband was not harmed in the shooting, but he was taken to a hospital because he was so emotionally distraught.
“He’s going through a very difficult time,” Nehls said.
First responders led the distraught father away from the home after the 5 p.m. incident Friday in the family’s middle class neighborhood. A 911 caller said shots had been fired.
When Fulshear police arrived to the scene, the two daughters were lying on the street in front of the home, the Chronicle reported.
Cops then shot and killed Christy Sheats, who was holding a pistol and refused to drop it.
“That armed shooter was also in the street and, after refusing to drop her weapon was shot and killed by a Fulshear officer,” the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office said.
Taylor died at the scene and her teenage sister, Madison, was airlifted to the Texas Medical Center, where she couldn’t be saved.
According to Christy Sheats Facebook page, she was a gun owner and vocal advocate for the second amendment.
“It would be horribly tragic if my ability to protect myself or my family were to be taken away,” Sheats wrote in March on her Facebook page, “but that’s exactly what Democrats are determined to do by banning semi-automatic handguns.”
Taylor and Madison both worked as babysitters, according to their Facebook pages. Taylor studied at Lone Star College.
Those who knew the girls poured out their condolences on social media.
“My heart is broken this morning to find that my sweet Madison Sheats lost her life,” wrote Whitney Mae Bruce, who identified herself as a former teacher to Madison. “Always positive and smiling, Madison quickly became one of my favorite students four years ago while teaching for the first time in Katy. A wonderful student/person/babysitter will be missed enormously. Please pray for her father,” Bruce wrote in the post.
“Taylor Sheats you were a beautiful soul! Always easy going, kind hearted, wonderful and contagious smile, also a great artist. Rest in peace!” Travis Reynolds wrote on Facebook.