(NewsReady.com) – Texas and federal law enforcement officers are currently hunting for a mass killer who took the lives of five innocent people. There’s now a hefty award for the murderer. A survivor of the shooting is also speaking out about what happened.
On Friday, April 28, a family in San Jacinto County was trying to put their infant to bed when their neighbor started firing his AR-15 in his yard. Residents of the home walked next door at about 11:30 p.m. and asked 38-year-old Francisco Oropesa to stop shooting his gun because one of the kids was scared. He reportedly said he would do whatever he wanted. A short time later, a video caught Oropesa allegedly walking up to the home, armed with his rifle. What happened next was horrifying.
The Mexican national shot US resident 25-year-old Sonia Argentina Guzman. Her husband, Wilson Garcia, told Fox 26 that his friends told him to run because he had children. So, he did. Police say Oropesa then fired his weapon at the others in the home, killing Jose Jonathan Casarez, 18, and Garcia and Guzman’s son,Daniel Enrique Laso, 9.
The suspect is also accused of murdering two women, Julisa Molina Rivera (31) and Diana Velazquez Alvarado (21), as they lay on top of three children, protecting them.
Local, state, and federal authorities are now offering a combined reward of $80,000 for information leading to the arrest of the alleged murderer. He has been on the run for days, and police do not have any leads on his whereabouts.
REWARD: There is a combined reward of up to $80,000 ($25,000 from the FBI) for information leading to the arrest of Francisco Oropesa.
— FBI Houston (@FBIHouston) May 1, 2023
Law enforcement officers have stressed that if anyone spots the suspect, they should not approach him. He is considered to be armed and extremely dangerous.
Anyone with tips about the whereabouts of the suspect should contact the Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office at 936-653-4367 or the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI (press option 1).
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