GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) – Police said the man they believe is responsible for a Christmas Day shooting that left him and six members of his extended family dead was dressed as Santa Claus.
Grapevine police spokesman Sgt. Robert Eberling said Monday the shooter "showed up shortly before the incident took place" in the Santa outfit and was a member of the family opening gifts in the apartment.
Eberling said the identity of the man and the victims will be released after autopsies are conducted Monday.
Police went to the apartment Sunday after dispatchers received a phone call in which no one was on the line. They found four women and three men, aged 18 to 60, dead.
The apparent murder-suicide involves the first homicides in this Fort Worth suburb since June 2010.