A man involved in a domestic dispute opened fire at a suburban home near Houston, Texas Wednesday evening, killing six people, four of them children, and wounding one woman, authorities said.
The suspected gunman later surrendered to police after a three hour standoff in a nearby cul-de-sac.
The Harris County Sheriff's Office said in a written statement that precinct deputy constables were called to the house in Spring, a suburban area about 40 kilometres north of Houston, around 6 p.m. Wednesday and found two adults and three children dead. Another child later died after being airlifted to hospital.
The woman who survived identified the shooter and directed deputies to him.
Deputies were able to intercept, chase and corner the suspect in his vehicle in a cul-de-sac about 5 kilometres from the shooting scene, authorities said. Deputies were using armoured vehicles to block the suspect's car and negotiations with him continued for several hours.
Sheriff's Sgt. Thomas Gilliland described the man as in his 30s with a beard "and cool as a cucumber." He said that when he and other officers approached, the man was "just sitting in his car looking out at us."