McALLEN — A man shot and killed his wife and his 16-year-old stepdaughter in front of police Friday night, and then he shot a second teenager before finally turning the gun on himself.
The double murder happened moments after officers arrived at the scene of a domestic disturbance, according to a news release from the McAllen Police Department. Officers responded to a call near the 900 block of 3rd Street shortly before midnight. It’s unclear who called police.
When officers arrived, they spoke to Santos Berenice Garcia, 42, and her 14-year-old daughter, whom police have not identified. Ashley Segura Garcia, 16, also was outside.
They began telling police they had been arguing with Santos Berenice Garcia’s husband, Cruz Orlando Piñon, 30, because Piñon wanted to see the 14-year-old’s cell phone to check up on her activities. It’s not clear if Piñon was outside when police arrived.
During the course of the conversation, the 14-year-old girl alleged Piñon had committed a serious crime, and officers turned their attention to her while Santos Berenice Garcia and her 16-year-old daughter waited.
Moments later, Piñon came to the front door and, from inside the residence, began shooting at Santos Berenice Garcia, his two stepdaughters and police. He fatally struck his wife and the 16-year-old before fleeing deeper into the home, where a 13-year-old stepdaughter and Piñon’s biological twin children were located.
Officers returned fire and shot three times.
Once inside, Piñon fired multiple shots at the 13-year-old but left his twin 4-year-old children unharmed.
When police went inside the home, they found the wounded teen, who is listed in stable condition but was transferred to a San Antonio hospital. Upon further inspection, police found Piñon’s body in a bedroom at the other end of the home. The gun Piñon had used was next to his body, and police believe he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Police did not release any further information.
McAllen Independent School District officials said they will have grief counselors at McAllen High School, where Ashley Segura Garcia attended and was part of the McHi softball team. They also will have counselors at her siblings’ schools.