Texas Party Shooting: 8 Killed Because Ex-Wife Moving On With Life

Elias Hubbard
September 13, 2017

The incident took place when Spencer James Hight opened fire on a group of people attending a cookout hosted by his estranged wife, Meredith Hight, on Sunday, the New York Daily News reported.

The suspect in the shooting is a former UTD student, Spencer Hight, according to the Plano Police Department press release. Hight was killed by an officer who responded to the scene, heard gunfire, was confronted by the armed man and shot him.

"Once somebody shows you their true colors, you need to believe them", she said. "I don't. I think 'why do people have to do this, ' you know?"

WFAA noted that Dunlop was the best man at Spencer Hight and Meredith Lane's wedding and Morgan was a groomsman.

Rion Morgan, an alumnus and employee at the Office of Information and Technology, and alumni Meredith Hight, Olivia Deffner, Anthony Cross and James Dunlop were killed on September 10 along with four others at a house in the 1700 block of West Spring Creek Parkway in Plano, according to a press release from the Plano Police Department released on Tuesday. Spencer James Hight, 32, has been identified as the gunman.

"She told us he was an alcoholic and that she worked for two years to try and help him", Lane said. "We've never seen these many victims before", Chief Rushin said. All four were close friends from school.

Dunlop, 31, and Morgan, 31 were both at the party Sunday night at Meredith's house.

Rion Morgan
Rion Morgan

The status of the surviving victim is unknown, Rushin said.

Debbie Lane, meanwhile, said her daughter endured a painful marriage, especially within the last two years, before filing for divorce. Everytown Gun Safety, a group that advocates for gun control, looked at Federal Bureau of Investigation data on mass shootings and found that from 2009 to 2016, 54.9 percent of incidents included victims who are the partner's current partner, former partner, or family member.

"We've got to talk about the domestic violence at least", Bowlin said.

Spencer Hight moved out in March and crashed for a few weeks at Dunlop's home, according to what Meredith told her parents.

"They didn't confide in me, let's put it that way", Hight said.

"I don't think he was insane, I think we make choices consciously", Debbie Lane said.

Plano PD says one person remains in the hospital. His or her condition is now unknown.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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