Details revealed about victims of mass shooting at football party in Texas

Elias Hubbard
September 12, 2017

The victims, all reportedly in their 20s and 30s, had gathered at Meredith's home to watch football. Plano Police Chief Greg W. Rushin told CBS News that the officer has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard for police-involved shootings.

Authorities were called to the home in the 1700 block of West Spring Creek Parkway, near Custer Road, about 8 p.m. Sunday, and when a nearby officer responded, he fatally shot the gunman. By 8:30 pm, a police officer spotted "bodies down in the backyard" and an active shooter inside the home. The officer shot and killed the armed man, later identified as Spencer Hight.

His estranged wife, 27-year-old Meredith Lane, was hosting the cookout.

Another party guest, Darryl Hawkins, never showed up for work Monday, prompting friends to turn up at the Plano home, freshly taped off from the general public as a crime scene.

Lane's mother told WFAA that her daughter was among the dead. "He had such a positive vibe".

Monday afternoon, Hawkins' family members arrived at the crime scene to see where he died, declining to comment but confirming his death.

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Loved ones of Tony Cross also visited the scene of the shooting.

More Info on the Plano House Shooting. She heard laughter and conversation.

Neighbor Lauryn Nichols said she had a friend who had been in the house and she didn't know what had happened to the person.

"Last time I saw him, we were dancing on my birthday", she said. Friends posting online remember him for being loud, loyal, and nearly always cheerful. He had nothing but love in his heart. City Manager T.C. Broadnax says, "T$3 here are those kinds of threats making their rounds in the crane rental, owner and rigging business - threats to people's families, their companies".

Authorities have not determined a motive, or why the suspect initially opened fire.

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