Another firing incident has come to the fore in America. More than 200 officers in Texas searched for a man accused of shooting and killing five neighbors on Sunday after being told to stop firing a semiautomatic rifle in Cleveland, Texas. Francisco Oropesa, 38, is accused of opening fire on neighbors late Friday night after being told to stop shooting with an AR-15-style rifle. An 8-year-old child is also included in the dead.
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“At this point in time, we have no leads,” James Smith, special agent in charge of the FBI Houston, told reporters on Sunday. At the same time, San Jacinto County Sheriff Greg Capers said that more than 200 law enforcement personnel are going door-to-door looking for the suspect or helping by giving any tips about finding him. A reward of $ 80,000 has been announced for the information of the Orapi person.
The FBI said on Sunday that Oropesa’s name was spelled “Oropeza” in the initial investigation by law enforcement, but was changed to “better reflect his identity in law enforcement systems”. He did not give any other details. Authorities received a call at 11:31 p.m. from the home in Cleveland, about 45 miles (72 km) north of Houston.
Capers said Saturday that the suspect came out of his home Friday night and began firing shots into his yard when some of the victims told him to stop. Capers said, “The man went over to the fence, and said- Hey, we’re trying to get the baby to sleep here and you…” After that both parties went to their homes. Capers said, “Oropesa loaded his gun and entered people’s houses and started shooting.
Capers said that most of the victims were shot in the head. Police said that all five were residents of Honduras. Capers said that on a few previous occasions, police had been called to the suspect’s home to complain about gunshots in his yard.
The victims have been identified as 25-year-old Sonia Argentina Guzman, Diana Velazquez Alvarado (21), Julisa Molina Rivera (31), Jose Jonathan Casarez (18) and Daniel Enrique Leso (8). It was believed that they were all members of the same family, but according to the FBI it was not so.
Talking about the incidents caused by gun culture in America, at least 176 people have died so far in 2023. Mass shootings have become common in the US, the highest this year since at least 2016.
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