By Calvin Palmer
A 69-year-old man pulled two semi-automatic handguns from a briefcase and killed three people yesterday in a gated community in San Antonio.
Joseph Ray McDonald then shot himself, San Antonio police Sgt Chris Benavides said.
The victims were McDonald’s stepfather and owner of the house, Arthur DeBaun, 88, Heather Monroe, 40, and Jeffrey Monroe, 41.
They were all shot multiple times and were found dead in the living room and kitchen area of the house.
The shootings began shortly after 8:00 pm at a small gated community in San Antonio’s affluent north side.
The woman’s children – aged eight, 10 and 14 — were playing outside when the shootings occurred. They ran back into the house when they heard gunfire and escaped through the front door to alert neighbors.
Police officers found McDonald in a bedroom, face down with a gunshot wound to the head. His body partly covered one of the pistols. Another pistol, with the hammer pulled back, was next to his right hand.
The relationship between the Monroes and McDonald and DeBaun was not immediately clear.
Police are still trying to determine a motive for the killings.
Benavides said Heather Monroe was moving into DeBaun’s home in Fawnfield Lane. In public databases, she appears as Heather DeBaun Monroe, suggesting she might be related to DeBaun.
She and Jeffery Monroe were married but possibly estranged. A police report shows a Waco address for Jeffery Monroe and lists the Fawnfield Lane address for Heather Monroe.
The children are staying with grandparents.