8 year old among 5 people killed in shooting in Cleveland, Texas, suspect Francisco Oropeza who was armed with AR-15 released

CLEVELAND, Texas — Five people, including a child, died in a shooting at a home in southeast Texas late Friday, authorities said.

Authorities responded to the shooting around 11:30 p.m. in the Trails End area of ​​Cleveland, about 45 miles north of Houston.

The San Jacinto County Sheriff's Office notified our sister station, ABC13 Eyewitness News, that calls came in regarding abuse at a home near Walters Road and Seth Boulevard.

When deputies arrived, they said they found several people shot. Investigators said all the victims were from Honduras.

Investigators said they believed the suspect, identified as 38-year-old Francisco Oropeza, was drunk and started firing an AR-15 on his front porch. That's when neighbors asked Oropeza to be quiet because they had a baby trying to sleep, according to deputies.

The suspect responded by telling them it was his, according to Sheriff Greg Capers, and one person in the house got video of the suspect walking up to the front door carrying a shotgun.

The sheriff told Eyewitness News that five of the victims, including an 8-year-old, were shot from the neck up, “execution style.”

The Cleveland Independent School District confirmed that one of the victims was a student, and counseling will be available to staff and students over the weekend.

“The Cleveland Independent School District is deeply saddened to learn of the news of the death of one of our students. At this time, we are unable to elaborate on information due to the ongoing investigation into this horrendous tragedy,” the school district said in a statement.

Capers said there were 10 people in the house and no one else was hurt. He said the two victims, all believed to be from Honduras, were found lying on top of the two children inside.

“When we got here, two of the females in the bedroom were laying on top of two of the three younger (living) cubs,” Capers said.

One of the victims was taken to hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

Three other people went to hospital covered in blood, but authorities said they were not physically hurt.

Three of the victims were women and one man. Their names were not released. Capers said the victims were between the ages of 8 and about 40.

Capers said some of the people in the house just moved from Houston earlier this week, but he doesn't know if they plan to live there.

The district did not say whether any of the victims attended school there.

Deputies described Oropeza as a Hispanic male standing at 5 feet 8 inches tall. He was last seen wearing jeans, a black shirt, and work boots. Investigators said he had a beard and short black hair.

A judge has issued an arrest warrant for Oropeza and placed $5 million bail. Authorities believe Oropeza left on foot or bicycle and is currently within a two-mile radius of the scene.

SkyEye is at the scene, where authorities can be seen investigating. Around 1:30 p.m., investigators told Eyewitness News that law enforcement contacted the suspect by phone.

WATCH: Video SkyEye shows authorities looking for suspects in a mass shooting in Cleveland, TX

The FBI said in a tweet that they were “assisting the San Jacinto County Sheriff's Office in their search for the suspect.”

Across the US since January 1, there have been at least 18 shootings that have killed four or more people, according to a database maintained by The Associated Press and USA Today, in partnership with Northeastern University. Violence is fueled by various motives: homicide-suicide and domestic violence; gang reprisals; school shootings and workplace revenge.

Texas has seen many mass shootings in recent years, including last year's attack at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde; racist attack on an El Paso Walmart in 2019; and a gunman opened fire at a church in the small town of Sutherland Springs in 2017.

Republican leaders in Texas have resisted calls for new gun restrictions, including this year over protests from several families whose children were murdered in Uvalde.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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