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Ninth person dies after shootings at Cowboys watch party at Plano home

A ninth person has died after shootings at a Plano home during a Cowboys football watch party Sunday night, Police Chief Gregory Rushin said at a news conference Monday afternoon.

The gunman, who was killed by police at the home, and the victims, who were all adults, have not been identified by authorities.

Debbie Lane told WFAA on Monday that her daughter, Meredith Lane, 27, was one of the victims and that Meredith Lane’s ex-husband, whom she had recently divorced, was the shooter.

The incident happened about 8 p.m. Sunday in the 1700 block of West Spring Creek Parkway near Blue Ridge Trail.

The gunman was known by people in the house, Rushin said. “It wasn’t a stranger-on-stranger crime.”

In all, nine people were shot by the suspect, Rushin said. Eight died and one remains hospitalized.

Police were called to the home on a report of shots fired. An officer who was nearby responded and heard shots when he arrived. The officer saw people with gunshot wounds in the back yard, Rushin said.

He then went inside the home and fatally shot a male suspect, who had multiple firearms.

“He couldn’t wait for backup,” Rushin said of the officer. “He found the shooter inside and ended his shooting spree.”

The victims were having a cookout and a Cowboys watch party at the home Sunday evening, Rushin said.

Stacey Glover, who lives in the neighborhood, told The Dallas Morning News she saw people laughing and grilling outside earlier. Then she heard gunshots about 8 p.m. She said she heard police who arrived yell, “Hands up!” before more shots rang out.

Investigators were still at the home collecting evidence on Monday, Rushin said.

“We’ve never seen anything like this in our city before,” Rushin said. “We’ve never had a shooting of this magnitude. We’ve never seen this many victims before. It’s just a terrible event.”

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