A man shot dead his wife, baby daughter, and his wife’s grandparents before turning the gun on himself in a horrific murder-suicide at a Texas ranch.
Five people were found dead from gunshot wounds in Blanchard on Monday morning.
Family friends have identified Randy J Horn, 54, as the shooter to DailyMail.com.
They also identified his victims as his wife Ashley Horn, their 15-month-old daughter Ranley, and Ashley’s grandparents Lynda and Carlos ‘Gene’ Delaney, both 72.
Authorities were called to the scene at 10.30am after receiving a call reporting that there were multiple assault victims at the Blanchard home, called ‘Delaney Ranch’.
The home was owned by Lynda and Gene Delaney, their friend Terri Robinson told DailyMail.com.
Ashley had been visiting with her grandparents with daughter Ranley on Sunday night.
Horn and Carlos’ bodies were found inside the house, Polk County Chief Deputy Byron Lyons said during a press conference.
Ashley, Lynda, and Ranley’s bodies were discovered outside of the residence. Multiple firearms were also found at the scene.
Lyons revealed that the sole survivor of the mass shooting was Ashley’s mother, who had been in a back bedroom when she woke up around 5.30am and heard ‘popping noises’.
She called her son, who then called police. She was found unharmed in the locked bedroom after police arrived at the scene.
Lyons said Ashley’s mother is being questioned so that authorities can better understand the timeline of events. She is not considered a suspect.
Authorities would not say whether Monday’s shooting was a murder-suicide but said they are not looking for a suspect.
Terri Robinson, who was close friends with Lynda and Gene, told DailyMail.com that Ashley had been married to Horn for ‘three or four years now’.
Robinson said that Ashley visited her grandparents a lot and that she had heard speculation over why she had gone to Delaney Ranch on Sunday night.
‘I was told that she was probably leaving him,’ Robinson added.
Robinson said she had met Horn once and immediately had a bad feeling about him.
‘He was a lot older than her,’ she said. ‘I didn’t know Randy, so I couldn’t make a judgement on him at the time. It’s just a vibe I had.’
SOURCE: ANNETA KONSTANTINIDES