Yesterday TheBlaze reported the tragic story of a Texas mother who shot and killed her two daughters for reasons unknown. Christy Sheats, 42, was fatally shot by a Fulshear police officer outside of her Katy, Texas home.
Sheriff Troy Nehls said the shooting apparently stemmed from a family argument, though the reason for the argument is still unclear.
Neighbors who witnessed the horrific scene are now aiding police in piecing together the deadly altercation.
“This is sad knowing a good family and this is what happened,” neighbor Fazz Zainuddin told Click2Houston.
Zainuddin said the officer who shot Christy Sheats heard the victims’ father, 45-year-old Jason Sheats, begging his wife not to murder their children on his birthday.
“The cops were behind the trees and behind the cars, and they told the mom to put the gun down and obviously she did not,” he explained.
“He heard the dad say, 'Don't do this. They're our kids,'” he said.
Detectives told KHOU-TV that Jason ran to the neighbor's for help after Christy began shooting.
Madison Sheats was only 17 when she died. Her older sister, Taylor Sheats, was only 22. Investigators told Click2Houston that one daughter was declared dead at the scene and the other was flown to a hospital, where she later died.
Jason Sheats was not injured but was still taken to the hospital.
“He was going through a very difficult time,” Nehls told Click2Houston.
"I heard fireworks, I thought, but my dad told me there were some people shooting out here earlier," Austin Enke, another neighbor who went to high school with one of the victims, told KHOU.
According to investigators, deputies had been called to the home before, and neighbors said Christy and Jason may have been having marital problems.
“The mother was nice. You wouldn't expect it if they told you this is what was going to happen,” one neighbor told CLick2Houston. “I don't think anybody, at least a sane person, would do that.”
Christy Sheats posted a photo of Taylor and Madison on Facebook last September with the caption, "Happy Daughter's Day to my two amazing, sweet, kind, beautiful, intelligent girls. I love and treasure you both more than you could ever possibly know."
The mother of two was also apparently a gun rights advocate.
It emerged that she was also an outspoken gun rights advocate. In March of this year, she wrote on Facebook, "It would be horribly tragic if my ability to protect myself or my family were to be taken away, but that's exactly what Democrats are determined to do by banning semi-automatic handguns."
"It's crazy," Enke said. "The neighborhood has never seen this kind of thing before. It's always quiet. This is surprising. They never showed any kind of thing that was wrong with them whatsoever."