GALVESTON - Police now say that a family from Baytown, Texas are all dead after the 37-year old mother shot and killed her 39-year old husband and two sons, ages five and ten in their room on the 8th floor of Galveston's swank San Luis Hotel.
Police learned through their investigation that the family checked into the hotel Sunday night at 7 o'clock. The were called to investigate at 4:30 this morning after what sounded like gunshots where heard on the floor. Police had to break through the door which was locked with a deadbolt from the inside.
Investigators are still not releasing the names of the family pending further investigation.
The father and sons were found in their beds and the mother on the floor with a 9mm pistol nearby. She and the 5-year old were taken to the University of Texas Medical Center Hospital where they both later died.
Police are convinced it was a murder-suicide and say there are no suspects being sought in connection with the investigation.
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The man, who police identified as Mauricio Morales, and one of the
children were pronounced dead at the scene. The woman and the other boy
were taken to University of Texas Medical Branch hospital where they
Police said evidence indicated the woman may have shot her husband and their two kids before turning the gun on herself.
Police added the deceased family members from Baytown checked in to the hotel around 7 p.m. Sunday.
have not yet released the names of the woman and the two boys. Goose
Creek ISD confirmed the children attended classes at Victoria Walker
The school district released a statement following word of the boys' deaths.
tragic circumstances surrounding these students' deaths are almost too
much to bear," said Goose Creek ISD in a statement. "A student death can
have a ripple effect on a school community and, because of this and out
of concern for the students' classmates and the campus faculty, we will
have additional counseling services at the school. We are grieving for
the loss of young life and its infinite possibilities and we pray for
the family, friends and students most affected by this tragedy."
Capt. Joshua Schirard, of the Galveston Police Department, said they are not looking for any suspects.
thoughts are with the victims and their family members during this
difficult time. We are still gathering information about this isolated
incident, however it appears to have been a murder suicide amongst a
family in their room," said Paul Schultz, Vice President of Hospitality
for Landry's Inc. "We are fully cooperating with the police department
during their investigation and will assist them in any way we can."
Landry's Inc. owns the San Luis Hotel and Conference Center.
Police have no immediate word on a motive for the killings.
Police Press Release
4 Dead After
Believed Murder Suicide
4:30am this morning, January 8th , the Galveston Police Officers
responded to a 911 call of a possible shots fired on the 8th floor
of the San Luis Hotel. On arrival, they could hear faint moaning coming
from inside the suspected room and began to make entry, discovering the room
was still dead bolted from inside. After forcing entry into the room,
officers found a 39 year old male, a 10 year old boy and a 5 year old boy lying
in bed, all with gunshot wounds. They also found a 37 year old female,
lying on the floor with an apparent gunshot wound to her head. The female
and one of the children were unresponsive but still appeared to be alive and
were subsequently transported to UTMB where they were both later pronounced
the Major Crimes Division have been able to confirm that this family arrived at
the San Luis Resort and checked in around 7:00pm last night. The motive
is unknown at this time, but forensic data collected at the scene indicates
that the female is believed to be the shooter at this time, and is believed to
have killed her two children and her husband before apparently taking her own
life with a 9mm handgun found adjacent to her body.
Police Department is treating this as a possible murder-suicide and there is no
indication or evidence to believe that there were any other persons involved or
that any suspects are still at large.
CPT J. Schirard #397
Operations Bureau Commander
Galveston Police Department