Plano police ID gunman, victims in deadly mass shooting

Plano police on Tuesday identified the gunman and the victims of Sunday’s deadly shooting at a Cowboys watch party.

Police confirmed that the gunman was Spencer Hight, 32, and that one of the victims was his estranged wife, Meredith Hight, 27. Witnesses say Spencer showed up to the party at a house in the 1700 block of W. Spring Creek Parkway and got into an argument with Meredith out front. He then went inside with her and opened fire inside the home about 8 p.m.

The other victims are:  Anthony Michael Cross, 33, Olivia Nicole Deffner, 24, James Richard Dunlop, 29, Darryl William Hawkins, 22, Rion Christopher Morgan, 31, Myah Sade Bass, 28, Caleb Seth Edwards, 25.

Gene and Debra Lane are mourning the loss of Meredith, their only daughter.

“"He was a murdering, evil monster who took the lives of many people,” Debra said about Spencer. “And he felt it was his right and that he was entitled to do it."

Meredith’s parents say Meredith was thrilled to be out of the marriage and she had been happier than ever.

“If there’s one young woman sitting next to a man where she has her doubts or that she's making excuses for… that she'll leave and not look back and find a good person to be with,” Debra pleaded. “And if that can save those lives, it’s worth every conversation I have.”

A lot of prayers have been said at the corner of Blue Ridge Trail and Spring Creek Parkway in Plano over the past day and a half. It’s the closest spot close friends of the victims can get to the crime scene that encompasses four homes.

“I can't even believe this guy did this,” said Kenda Grand, whose son was friends with victim Tony Cross. “It's hard to wrap your head around it and I heard about it and the last thing I thought was I would know somebody.”

Grand said her son had been best friends with cross since they were both 2 years old.

“His brother wrote rest in peace Tony Cross and I thought, ‘What happened?’ I got a hold of his brother on Facebook and he told me what happened and I was like, ‘Oh my God, no.’ I ran and told Mike. I was shocked,” Grand said.

Texas Rangers and Plano police detectives spent all day Tuesday processing the home and backyard but released no new details of the case -- including any evidence they may have collected from Spencer Hight's nearby apartment.

Police say the investigation is painstaking each victim is considered a personal crime scene, requiring extensive police resources. Detectives covered up the license plates of some of the victim's vehicles still parked out front.

“I haven't been able to sleep all night,” said Plano resident Trissi Bowlin. “I've just been looking on Facebook about the story and I still feel really sad for her as a domestic violence victim and I feel sad for her friends, her mother.”

Funeral arrangements are now being made for the victims.

One woman did survive the shooting after being shot in the jaw and is expected to recover.

The Texas Rangers are helping Plano police in the investigation.                 

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