Mother and prominent gun advocate shot dead by police after fatally shooting her two daughters
A Texas woman who was killed by police after she shot dead her two daughters at their home was identified as an outspoken gun advocate.
Christy Sheats (42) shot and killed her two daughters Taylor (22) and Madison (17) during a family row that spiralled into gun violence.
“It was a family argument that turned into a shooting,” Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls told the Houston Chronicle. “But we’re still trying to put the pieces together.”
A witness said the sisters tried escaping with their father, but Taylor collapsed outside the home and Madison was shot in the back, KTRK-TV reported.
The girls’ father Jason Sheats escaped with no injury and alerted the police and had recently reunited with Christy Sheats, a neighbour told the TV station.
When police arrived at the scene, the two daughters were lying on the street ion the front of the home.
Police shot and killed Christy Sheats who refused to drop her gun.
"That armed shooter was also in the street and, after refusing to drop her weapon was shot and killed by a Fulshear officer," the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office said.
Taylor died at the scene and her teenage sister, Madison, was airlifted to the Texas Medical Center, where she later died.
According to Christy Sheats Facebook page, she was a gun owner and vocal advocate for the second amendment.
"It would be horribly tragic if my ability to protect myself or my family were to be taken away," Sheats wrote in March on her Facebook page, "but that's exactly what Democrats are determined to do by banning semi-automatic handguns."
In other posts, she showed her affection towards her daughters.
"Happy Daughter's Day to my amazing, sweet, kind, beautiful, intelligent girls," she wrote in September 2015. "I love and treasure you both more than you could ever possibly know."
Condolences spread across social media for the two daughters.
“My heart is broken this morning to find that my sweet Madison Sheats lost her life,” wrote Whitney Mae Bruce, who identified herself as a former teacher to Madison. “Always positive and smiling, Madison quickly became one of my favorite students four years ago while teaching for the first time in Katy. A wonderful student/person/babysitter will be missed enormously. Please pray for her father,” Bruce wrote in the post.
“Taylor Sheats you were a beautiful soul! Always easy going, kind hearted, wonderful and contagious smile, also a great artist. Rest in peace!” Travis Reynolds wrote on Facebook.