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Relative charged in "execution-style" murders of 4 children, 2 adults

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Spring shooting spree killing ambulance July 2014
Six people were killed in the execution-style slayings. One person remains in critical condition at Memorial Hermann Hospital. Photo courtesy of KHOU News/Channel 11
Ronald Lee Haskell shooter Spring killing spree July 2014
Ronald Lee Haskell has been charged in the murders of six  members of a Spring family. Photo courtesy of KHOU News/Channel 11
Spring killing spree police scene July 2014
Police cordoned off the area of the killings at a home on the 700 block of Leaflet Lane in Spring. Photo courtesy of KHOU News/Channel 11
Spring shooting spree killing ambulance July 2014
Ronald Lee Haskell shooter Spring killing spree July 2014
Spring killing spree police scene July 2014

After a slow-speed car chase and long standoff, a 33-year-old man was arrested in the shooting death of six members of a Spring family Wednesday night and remains in custody at a county jail.

Ronald Lee Haskell is facing multiple capital murder charges in the deaths of two boys, ages 4 and 14; two girls, ages 7 and 9; a 39-year-old man; and a 33-year-old woman at a home in Spring.

In court early Thursday, prosecutors said Haskell, who was wearing a FedEx delivery uniform to gain entry to the house, tied up the family, placed them face down, and then shot each of them in the head execution style, KHOU Channel 11 reports. Police believe the killings stemmed from an apparent domestic dispute as Haskell was married to a relative of one of the victims. His estranged wife lives out of state and was not at the home.

A 15-year-old who suffered a bullet fracture to the skull played dead until Haskell left the home and alerted authorities that he was headed to her grandparents' house. She remains in "very critical condition" at Memorial Hermann Hospital.

After a three-hour standoff in a cul de sac in a nearby residential neighborhood, Haskell surrendered.

See the KHOU report here:

 

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