By Calvin Palmer
Police called to a Texas home last night, following reports of shots being fired, found a couple and son shot dead.
Sgt. John Jordan with the League City Police Department said the bodies of Lewis Cantrell III, his father, Lewis Cantrell II, and stepmother, Gayle Cantrell, were found of the living room floor of their home on Chinaberry Park Lane.
A .38-caliber pistol was found next to the body of the younger Cantrell and police are investigating the incident as a double murder and suicide.
Two other people in the house, an 18-year-old male and elder female believed to be a son and stepdaughter, heard the gunfire and ran to a neighbor’s house and called 911.
According to Police Chief Michael Jez, the caller said someone had shot others inside the home. The shooter went outside, then returned to the home and fired again.
League City police and a SWAT team arrived at 7:50 p.m. and sealed off six blocks of a newer subdivision in the Brittany Lakes area.
Tear gas was fired and police moved into the house discovering the dead bodies.
The younger Cantrell did not live at the house, Jordan said. His brother and sister told police he and his parents had been discussing money earlier in the day.
A neighbor four houses down said she was getting her mail when she heard the shots.
She said she counted 10 to 12 shots from a small caliber gun, possibly a 9 mm pistol. She said the next thing she heard were the screams from a teenage girl and younger boy who ran from the house.
League City is situated halfway between Houston and Galveston.