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Father shoots, kills two adults and 4 of his children in Texas

SPRING, Texas--A father who authorities say fatally shot two adults and four of his children and critically wounded his 15-year-old daughter, sank to his knees in surrender after a three-hour standoff in suburban Houston, police said.

Investigators planned to charge the man Thursday, a day after the rampage in a middle-class Houston-area subdivision, authorities said said.

Police did not release the identities of the gunman or his victims. Gilliland described the dead as two boys, ages 4 and 14; two girls, ages 7 and 9; a 39-year-old man; and a 33-year-old woman. The gunman and his wife are estranged, and she lives out of state, he said. All of the children were theirs, while two were adopted.

Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Thomas Gilliland said the wounded daughter identified her father as the gunman. After a brief chase, the man held deputies at bay for three hours before he surrendered.

The teenager was able to call police and later warned deputies that her father planned to go to her grandparents' home to kill them, Gilliland said.

The sheriff's department said precinct deputy constables were called to the house in the northern Houston suburb of Spring about 6 p.m. Wednesday and found two adults and three children dead. Another child later died at a hospital.

“It appears this stems from a domestic issue with a breakup in the family from what our witness has told us,” Assistant Chief Deputy Constable Mark Herman told reporters.

Authorities also did not release the identities of the victims or the suspect, nor did they say whether the adults who were killed were related to the children or their father.

Gilliland said the teenager was in “very critical condition” at a Houston hospital late Wednesday night.

After the 15-year-old survivor told deputies that her father was headed to her grandparents' home, they were able to pass along the warning, he said.

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