27 Dec '11, 1pm

6 relatives in Texas shot dead by relative dressed as Santa after they unwrapped Christmas presents

GRAPEVINE (Texas) - Six members of a Texas family apparently opened presents on Christmas just before a relative dressed as Santa Claus showed up, opened fire and killed them before shooting himself, the police said yesterday. Grapevine police spokesman Sergeant Robert Eberling said the shooter showed up in the Santa outfit on Sunday shortly before gunfire erupted and was a member of the family. The identity of the shooter and the victims will be released after autopsies are conducted later yesterday, he said. The police went to the apartment after despatchers received a phone call in which no one was on the line. They found four women and three men, aged 18 to 60, dead. A motive for the shootings remains unclear. Investigators worked overnight, meticulously searching the apartment, along with three vehicles parked outside. "It appears they had just celebrated Christmas. T...

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