9 dead, including gunman, in shooting at Plano cookout

PLANO, Texas – Eight people were killed Sunday and another person was injured during a shooting at a cookout in Plano, according to police.

The shooting was reported about 8 p.m. in the city, about 20 miles northeast of Dallas.

Plano police Chief Gregory Rushin said it appears that a group of people were preparing to watch the Dallas Cowboys football game when a person who has ties to the home arrived and opened fire.

Rushin said that his officers received reports of several gunshots being heard at the home.

An officer arrived at the scene and saw several gunshot victims lying in the yard, Rushin said. He said that officer confronted the gunman, and then shot and killed him.

Seven people were pronounced dead at the scene, while another person died later, Rushin said. A ninth person was being treated for injuries, he said.

“We’re one of the safest cities in the country,” 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.”

Rushin said he cannot release the gunman’s identity at this time.

Agents from the Texas Rangers are investigating the case, Rushin said.

Rushin said the officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave. An internal affairs investigation is underway, he said.

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