A 54-year-old Texas man shot dead his wife, his 15-month-old daughter and his wife’s grandparents before fatally shooting himself at a ranch in Polk County, Texas, authorities and family members say. Randy Joe Horn killed Ashley Delaney Horn, Ranley Horn, Lynda Elliott Delaney and Carlos Eugene Delaney on Monday at the Delaney ranch near Livingston, Texas, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office told the Houston Chronicle.
The shootings remain under investigation by detectives from the sheriff’s office and the Texas Rangers, according to a press release. But authorities have said no arrests have been made and there are no outstanding suspects or threat to the community. A motive for the murders has not been made public. While police have not confirmed that the case is a murder-suicide, family members told The Daily Mail that Randy Horn killed his four family members before turning the gun on himself.
Randy Horn and Ashley Horn, 27, have been married since 2017. Their daughter turned 1 in November. Lynda and Gene Delaney lived on the ranch in Polk County for several years. She was 72 and he was 74. The shootings have rattled the small community about 75 miles from Houston.
“This has been a rough day,” Polk County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Byron Lyons told reporters at a press conference, the Chronicle reports. “This is a horrible, horrific crime. I ask that the community pray for this family. This is something Polk County is not used to.”
Court records show that Ashley Horn filed for divorce from Randy Horn in Montgomery County, Texas, in October 2018. Both sides were represented pro se, and dropped the case without prejudice in November 2018, court records show. The couple lived together in Splendora, Texas, at the time, records show.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Ashley Horn’s Mother Was Locked in a Room During the Shootings & Called for Help After Hearing ‘Popping Sounds,’ the Sheriff Says
Randy and Ashley Horn with their daughter.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office told the Houston Chronicle that there was a sixth person inside the Delaney ranch near Livinston, Texas, when the shootings occurred. The woman told authorities she was locked in her bedroom and heard “popping” sounds and called her son, who called police, the newspaper reports.
According to Click 2 Houston, the woman who was in the bedroom has been identified as Ashley Horn’s mother. She is not considered to be a suspect.
Police responded to the home in the 3600 block of FM 3126 in the Blanchard Community of Polk County about 10:30 a.m. on February 11, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office. “Troopers from the Texas Highway Patrol and Deputies arrived on scene discovering multiple victims from apparent gunshot wounds,” the sheriff’s office said.
The five dead inside the home were later identified as Randy Horn, Ashley Delaney Horn, Ranley Horn, Lynda Delaney and Gene Delaney, according to the sheriff’s office.
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