Four people are dead after a Fort Hood soldier killed himself and three others in an apparent murder-suicide on Sunday.
Killeen police responded to a domestic disturbance call in the Texas community at just before 10:30 p.m. When they arrived, they found Lydia Farina, 31, and Larry Guzman, 40, shot dead inside their home, according to a statement released Monday.
Officers were told that the suspect, 30-year-old Atase Giffa, and his wife, Dawn Giffa, 28, had fled back to their own home, just two doors down.
They heard shots fired and went to investigate. A SWAT team was called in an attempt to make contact with the gunman, but when no one responded, officers entered the house, where they discovered the two Giffas dead from gunshot wounds, KWTX reports.
Residents of the community are shocked. “We’ve never had issues,” neighbor Samuel Ernst told Fox 7. “Never had any complaints about our neighbors.”
He added: “It’s a quiet neighborhood and this is just like a freak incident.”
Police say they responded to a domestic disturbance at the Giffas’ house recently.
“Unfortunately there were some feelings,” Public Affairs Officer Carroll Smith told the TV station. “Domestic situations are a whole different scenario than anything else because a lot of times there are men and women that say ‘if I can’t have you, then nobody will.’
“I don’t know if that was the situation now but it’s a very volatile situation,” she continued. “Officers have to train on it constantly because they never know what they’re going up against.”
She added: “You never know when someone is going to go off and that’s the problem that we deal with.”
Another 41-year-old woman, whose identity has not been released, was also shot and remains in critical condition at Baylor Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple. Police believe she will recover, Fox 7 reports.