Report: Woman, 2 boys dead in Emory shooting

Hopkins County sheriff's office assisting with investigation; two people in custody

From Staff and Wire Reports

March 2, 2008 - EMORY -- Officials say three people are dead, including two children, after a reported multiple shooting at a rural East Texas home early Saturday.

Rains County Chief Deputy Kurt Fischer says one adult also was hospitalized after the incident, and two people have been taken into custody.

Fischer said the episode began about 4 a.m. Saturday with reports of a house on fire and shooting.

Hopkins County Sheriff's officers were called on this morning to assist in the investigation of the tragic triple homicide that left an Emory man in a Tyler hospital and his wife and two young sons dead.

Details are sketchy, and Rains County authorities weren't releasing many details this morning, and the identities and exact ages of the victims were not released.

But a Hopkins County Sheriff's Office investigator said the three people were killed in an apparent rampage by the spurned boyfriend of the couple's daughter.

Word on the street is that the parents of a teen-age girl, an Emory High School freshman, told their daughter that she had to break up with her boyfriend, an upper classman at the school.

The boyfriend, apparently angered by the decision, went to the family's home Saturday morning and began shooting. There is also talk that he was joined by an accomplice.

The investigator said the mother and two boys, estimated to be about ages 4 and 8, died in the shooting. The father was also shot in the face but managed to leave the house and make it to safety.

The shooter is said to have attempted to set the house on fire after the rampage.

The teen-age girl escaped the shooting and was later found safe in a field, according to accounts.

A Hopkins County Sheriff's Office was contacted about 5 a.m. today to assist in the investigation. Another of the local sheriff's investigators was reportedly waiting to interview the father this morning in a Tyler hospital, where the man was receiving treatment.

Law enforcement authorities in Rains County have reportedly scheduled a press conference for 5 p.m. today in Emory.

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