Mother and Son Among Four People Found Shot Dead at Texas Home

Law enforcement officers in Texas are investigating a multiple homicide after four people, including a mother and son, were found dead with gunshot wounds at a property in Cherokee County.

One man was found dead in the driveway of the property near New Summerfield around 8 a.m. on Tuesday morning, The Tyler Morning Telegraph reported.

Deputies then discovered the bodies of three more people in the bedrooms of a mobile home sitting behind a brick house on the property.

An elderly woman who lived in the brick house, which is in the 1600 block of Highway 110 North, had called 911 to report the shootings.

The victims, who have yet to be named, are a 45-year-old woman, a second woman in her 30s or 40s, a 47-year-old man and an 18-year-old man described as the son of one of the women.

Cherokee County Sheriff Brent Dickson said the other two victims knew the mother and son through dating relationships.

The killer got away in a vehicle belonging to one of the victims and police are searching for the red 2017 Dodge Challenger, which has a Texas license plate LTY9935.

No other details about the suspected shooter have been released and Dickson said that as yet there is no apparent motive.

Texas rangers are assisting at the crime scene, which is in a rural area southeast of Tyler, near Jacksonville.

"We don't have any info about which direction he went from here," Dickson told a press conference.

"We are following up on some leads that have come in. They are leading us toward the Jacksonville area, but that's not confirmed yet," he added, according to Fox 4.

Dickson said the shooting took place between midnight and daylight on Tuesday morning and was the first quadruple homicide in his county.

His office is working to notify the families of the victims, who have been taken to a facility in Dallas for autopsies.

Investigators are also working to obtain search warrants and have appealed to the public to call 903-683-2271 if they have any information.

"I just ask that the community look for the vehicle," Dickson said, adding a warning that the suspect should be considered armed and dangerous. "He killed four people and we want to get him off the streets," Dickson said.

"Any time a murderer is on the loose, the public has some sense of danger," he added.

Newsweek has contacted the Cherokee County Sheriff for further comment.

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A police cordon in Austin, Texas, is shown in this illustrative image. Law enforcement in New Summerfield, east Texas are investigating a quadruple homicide from July 20. The suspect is still at large. SUZANNE CORDEIRO/Getty