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Cleveland Texas Mass Shooting Victims Identified

Officials stated that the FBI is providing assistance in the search for a suspected shooter who is alleged to have killed five individuals, including a child, at a residence in Cleveland, Texas.



The massacre occurred when the individual was in the garden of his house, adjacent to the home of Honduran people, shooting with an AR-15 rifle, so they requested him to stop shooting because they had a baby and could not sleep, in response the individual broke in at their neighbors house shooting them in the head.

The victims have been identified as Sonia Argentina Guzman, 25; Diana Velazquez Alvarado, 21; Julisa Molina Rivera, 31; Jose Jonathan Casarez, 18; and Daniel Enrique Laso, 8.

Officials stated that the FBI is providing assistance in the search for a suspected shooter who is alleged to have killed five individuals, including a child, at a residence in Cleveland, Texas.

The shooter had been requested by local residents to refrain from discharging his firearm outdoors. According to FBI Houston Special Agent in Charge James Smith, the individual is deemed to be armed and perilous.

He is currently at large and poses a risk to the local community.

Following the Friday night shooting that resulted in the deaths of five individuals, including an 8-year-old boy, Francisco Oropeza, who is 38 years old, absconded.

San Jacinto County Sheriff, Greg Capers, revealed on Saturday evening that the search for Oropeza had been extended to a radius of up to 20 miles from the site of the incident.

While scouring a rural region, which encompasses dense layers of forestation, investigators discovered clothing and a mobile phone. However, according to Capers, tracking dogs lost the scent.

Authorities have retrieved the AR-15-style rifle believed to have been used by Oropeza in the shootings, but they are uncertain if he is in possession of another firearm, stated the sheriff.

Capers remarked that Oropeza could be present anywhere at this point. On Sunday, FBI Houston disseminated new pictures of Oropeza, taken in August 2022.

The updated images reveal that Oropeza has gained weight and has grown a dark brown, almost black, goatee.

According to authorities, Oropeza has a significant tattoo of a female Aztec figure on his left forearm.

The shooting took place near Cleveland, which is located to the north of Houston, on a street where some residents frequently discharge firearms to unwind.

The sheriff stated that the victims, who were all from Honduras, were between the ages of 8 and 31. He also mentioned that all of them were shot “from the neck up.”

This incident marks the most recent occurrence of gun violence, which has reached a record pace of mass shootings in the United States this year.

Several of these shootings have also implicated semiautomatic rifles. The killings have unfolded in various settings, including a school in Nashville, a bank in Kentucky, a dance hall in Southern California, and now, a single-story residence in a rural neighborhood in Texas.

The sheriff stated that ten individuals were present inside the residence, with some of them having only recently relocated there at the beginning of the week. He further explained that no one else sustained any injuries.

Two of the victims were discovered in a bedroom, lying atop two children, presumably in an effort to shield them from harm. Additionally, three children who were found in the home, covered in blood, were transferred to a medical facility; however, they were determined to have escaped unscathed, as per Capers.

Christina Garza, an FBI spokesperson, stated that investigators have reason to believe that not everyone in the residence was a member of the same family.

The dispute ensued after the neighbors approached the fence and requested that the perpetrator refrain from discharging rounds, according to Capers.

The suspect responded by stating that it was his property, Capers added, and an individual inside the residence captured footage of the suspect brandishing the rifle while approaching the front entrance.

The incident occurred on a rural, pothole-laden road, where one-story homes are situated on sprawling, 1-acre plots and surrounded by a dense canopy of trees. A horse could be observed behind the victims’ residence, while a dog and several chickens roamed about Oropeza’s front yard.