Workers on the property discovered the bodies of the goats, which were shot late Friday evening

By Megan Stein
Updated June 22, 2016 11:15 AM
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Two goats were fatally shot at Fixer Upper stars Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Homes property in Waco, Texas, on Friday night.

“We are working closely with the Waco Police Department to bring this person to justice,” Magnolia public relations director Brock Murphy says in a statement. “We’re saddened and shocked by this senseless crime, and at the same time, so grateful for the outreach and support from our community.”

“It’s just a senseless, cowardly act,” Sergeant Patrick Swanton of the Waco Texas Police Department tells PEOPLE, confirming that beetween 8 p.m. Friday, June 17th and 7:30 a.m. Saturday, June 18th, an unidentified person or persons trespassed onto the property and shot the goats multiple times. “This was obviously a very violent individual.”

Workers at Magnolia Homes — the rural complex made famous by the Gaines’ hit HGTV show — discovered the slain goats, which the family kept in a corral for visitors to pet.

“These animals were in a small, confined area,” he says. “They couldn’t get away from whoever did this.”

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The workers notified the police who are investigating it as cruelty to livestock, which is a felony.

“Somebody like that doesn’t need to be out on the streets,” says Swanton. “We’re going to do what we can to put them behind bars.”

The incident occurred after business hours and no visitors or employees were harmed.

Chip and Joanna have done so much for Waco,” says Swanton. “People are really mad that this happened to them.”