The gunman who killed 8 people at a Dallas Cowboys watch party on Sunday before cops killed him in a heated gunfire exchange has been revealed to be the estranged husband of one of the victims.
According to the victim’s mother, Spencer James Hight crashed the party being held by his 27-year-old wife, Meredith Hight, and opened fire in a mass shooting spree, killing 8 partygoers. Spencer was allegedly upset with Meredith, who recently decided to end their marriage and filed for divorce.
According to Meredith’s mother, Debbie Lane, Meredith had filed for divorce from Spencer back in July, and though her husband had moved out months ago, he had only come to collect his belongings from their formerly shared home just a few days before the mass shooting.
“I think he saw our comfort, ease and happiness and her embracing new life and resented it to the maximum and responded the way he did,” Lane told WFAA.
According to Lane, her daughter had hosted the watch party to watch football with her friends and colleagues in an attempt to “reclaim her life.”
“She was a cook, and a quite fine one, and she loved hosting friends and families. This was her first opportunity to do it after the divorce and he didn’t take it well,” Lane told WFAA.
All victims of the mass shooting were within their early 20s to early 30s. They were out enjoying a night of fun at a friend’s barbecue. Some of those killed were also friends with Spencer.
The eight victims murdered by Spencer Hight have been identified as 27-year-old Meredith Hight, 33-year-old Anthony Michael Cross, 24-year-old Olivia Nicole Diffner, 29-year-old James Richard Dunlop, 22-year-old Darryl William Hawkins, 31-year-old Rion Christopher Morgan, 28-year-old Myah Sade Bass, and 25-year-old Caleb Seth Richards.
Seven of the victims died at the scene with an additional two suffering serious injuries and were taken to the hospital, where one victim later died. The status of the remaining gunshot victim remains unclear.
“We’ve never had a shooting of this magnitude; never had this many victims,” Plano Police Chief Gregory W. Rushin said. “It’s just a terrible event.”
Take a look at images of the victims along with the crime scene.
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