HOUSTON – Two children and one man are dead after a shooting in northeast Harris County on Thursday, the Harris County Sheriff's Office said.
The children were identified as 8-year-old Sarah Wolfe and 12-year-old Phillip Bernal, according to deputies. They also identified the shooter as Cimarron Wolfe, 38, saying he shot the children before shooting himself.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzales said the shooting was the result of a domestic issue. The children's mother and Cimarron Wolfe were previously common-law husband and wife but had broken up, officials said.
“It’s definitely a dark day here in Harris County; another situation of family violence. This happens way too often, and it’s very sad and unfortunate,” Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez said someone had reported the children missing from the 11000 block of Verano Street in Jacinto City, where they were staying with a grandmother.
The grandmother was away from home briefly, and family members said they believe Sarah Wolfe opened the door for her father and that's when he took the kids.
They were reported missing around 1:20 p.m., officials said.
The shooting was reported around 2:20 p.m. in the 14000 block of Edgeboro Street, officials said.
“I think I was in the back corner with my mother, so I think that’s why I didn't hear gunshots,” Jan Lynne said. “Then I came into the living room, and my sister and son walked in the door and said there were all these cars that came out.”
A relative found the three bodies in the backyard of the home, officials said.
Lynne lives several houses down from where the deadly shooting happened. Lynne said she had been crying most of the day because she remembers the times she saw the children outside.
“Once in a while I’d drive that way, and you would have never suspected anything,” she said.
Cimarron Wolfe was wanted on a felony theft warrant out of Harris County. According to records, he had a criminal history dating back 20 years, and it includes charges of evading arrest and burglary.
The shootings remain under investigation.