Denton County deputies are investigating an apparent murder-suicide attempt that left the accused shooter dead and his wife seriously wounded Saturday night, according to the sheriff’s office.
Many residents in Providence Village woke up to the sounds of police barricading a neighborhood road and a CareFlite helicopter landing in a nearby soccer field.
Some people who live on the same street said they didn’t hear any gunshots and didn’t know about the shooting until they saw the road barricaded and emergency crews rushing the wife aboard the helicopter.
Motives behind the incident have yet to be discovered and investigators will continue the investigation today, said Tom Reedy, Denton County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.
The wife, 48, was taken by CareFlite helicopter ambulance to Parkland Hospital in Dallas and underwent surgery Sunday morning. She was in the surgical intensive care unit as of Sunday evening, Reedy said. The names of the couple were not released.
Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched at 11:17 p.m. Saturday after receiving a 911 hang-up call.
Arriving deputies heard gunshots from within inside the home, according to the sheriff’s report. They later found the body of a 50-year-old man with a handgun and his wife, who had been shot in the abdomen but survived, according to the report.
The woman’s 23-year-old daughter, who lived at the residence, was not harmed and was staying with family Sunday morning.
Later in the day, after all signs of police activity had been removed, children played outside as the neighborhood appeared to return to normal.
But the shooting is the second such incident in Providence Village in less than two months, occurring less than a mile apart.
On Nov. 5, Denton County sheriff’s deputies discovered the bodies of 29-year-old Nelson Rafael Rodriguez-Doran and 27-year-old Christina Marie Allen when they responded to a welfare concern at a house in the 10200 block of Lakeview Drive. They found the couple inside, both dead from apparent gunshot wounds.
Investigators believe Rodriguez-Doran shot Allen multiple times in the body and once in the head with a semi-automatic pistol before shooting himself in the head.
The bodies were found by sheriff’s deputies in the master bedroom. Allen was on the bed, and Rodriguez-Doran was on the floor, officials said.
Allen was the mother of a 10-year-old boy, who was not in the house at the time of the shootings. Authorities said family members are caring for the boy.
Neighbors described Rodriguez-Doran as “very military,” having recently come back from his second tour of duty in Afghanistan. The family had lived in the house just a few weeks.
In 2000, Providence Village was developed as a master-planned community — Fresh Water Supply District No. 9 — by developer Huffines Communities. It was one of several special taxing districts built along U.S. Highway 380 between Cross Roads and Aubrey. Following a 3-1 approval margin among residents in a spring 2010 incorporation election, Providence Village became the newest city in Denton County with almost 5,000 residents.
Staff Writer Dawn Cobb contributed to this report.
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