Mother who shot daughters to death in Houston may be from Decatur

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HOUSTON, TX (WHNT) – A family member of the woman who fatally shot her two adult daughters in Houston before police killed her, tells WHNT News 19 that the shooter and her husband are from Decatur, Ala.

Officials identified the mother as Christy Sheats, 42, and her daughters as Taylor Sheats, 22, and Madison Sheats, 17, CBS affiliate KHOU reported.

A Facebook page belonging to Christy Byrd Sheats lists her hometown as Decatur, Alabama. The family member tells us her husband Jason Sheats, who was not involved in the shooting, is also from Decatur, and both are graduates of Austin High School.

The incident happened about 5 p.m. Friday in front of a home on the fringe of the Houston suburb of Fulshear. Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls says a motive was still under investigation, but it appeared the shooting was the climax to a family argument.

Nehls says the daughters had already been shot when a Fulshear police officer arrived and saw the mother with a gun in her hand, apparently preparing to shoot one of her daughters again. The officer shot and killed the woman.

“It’s just crazy,” Austin Enke, a neighbor who said he went to high school with one of the victims, told KHOU. “The neighborhood’s never seen this kind of thing before. It’s always quiet. This is surprising. They never showed any kind of thing that was wrong with them whatsoever.”

Detectives told the station the woman’s husband was in the home at the time of the shooting and ran to a neighbor’s place for help.