FBI is searching for Francisco Oropeza, a man accused of killing five of his neighbors in Cleveland, San Jacinto County, Texas, including an eight-year-old child. Oropeza, who is considered “armed and dangerous,” allegedly opened fire on his neighbors after they requested he stop practicing shooting because they were attempting to put a baby to sleep.
The victims were all from Honduras and 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.
After both parties returned to their homes, Oropeza allegedly “topped off his magazine” and walked down his driveway to the victims’ house and began shooting. A total of 10 people were present, and the adults were declared dead at the scene, while the child passed away at the hospital. Oropeza is believed to have used an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.
Honduras’ foreign minister, Enrique Reina, demanded that the perpetrators of the crime be held accountable. This incident occurred just days after a shooting at a teenager’s party in western Texas, where nine individuals were injured, and two weeks after four people were killed at a 16th birthday party in Alabama.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that firearm incidents are the leading cause of death for US children and teenagers.