WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A suspected murder-suicide at a nursing center and a nearby home in southern Texas left five people dead.
- According to police in Robstown, outside Corpus Christi, they responded to a shooting at the Retama Manor Nursing Center Friday night.
- Investigators found three people who suffered fatal gunshot wounds, including the suspected shooter, 60-year-old Richard Starry.
The Robstown Police Department responded to a call on Friday night around 7 pm at the Retama Manor Nursing Center. They found three people dead when they arrived at the scene. In a press release, the investigators identified the gunman as 60-year-old Richard Starry. A handgun was found near Starry, the statement said.
Starry killed four family members at two locations, including his father and stepmother inside a nursing home before shooting himself there too. Police identified the two victims in the nursing home as Ernest Starry, 85, and his wife, Thelma Montalvo, the shooter’s father and stepmother.
The police also found two other people dead with gunshot wounds at the elder Starry and Montalvo’s home. The police identified the victims as the elderly couple’s 13-year-old adopted son and Montalvo’s 41-year-old son. Starry shot the two first before heading to the nursing home, the statement said. The victims’ names were not released.
Although it appears to be a murder-suicide, the police said that the investigation is still “premature to determine a motive and we will not speculate.”
“Our hearts go out to the victims’ families and the residents, visitors and employees at Retama Manor who experienced this tragedy,” Robstown Police Chief Erasmo Flores said in a news release.
Robstown is a city located 120 miles southeast of San Antonio with a population around 11,000 people.