UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am
KILLEEN (UPDATE) -- Two are dead in Killeen after a father shoots his five-year-old daughter before turning the gun on himself.
Family members wipe the tears from each others' eyes outside the home where 37-year-old Anthony Means shot his five-year-old daughter, Nina, and then turned the gun on himself.
Neighbors like Romeo Berry were out in the streets, shocked by the news.
"It hurts. It hurts being so close," said Berry.
A family member arrived at the home on Coach drive just after 4:00 a.m. Thursday, finding the pair with gunshot wounds. Emergency responders tried to save the little girl, but she was pronounced dead an hour later.
Family members were too distraught to talk about what happened, but they did gather at the home, meeting with investigators and grieving their loss.
Neighbor Romeo Berry says as a father, it's tragic hearing of a child involved.
"I have a daughter here that baby sits, and you know it could happen to anybody. But for it to happen on your street in your neighborhood, its like man, really, it hurts," said Berry.
Police agree. Carroll Smith with the police department says cases like this are some of the hardest.
"A child is defenseless. You look for, a child looks for a parent to save them from harm, not to put them in it or to cause them harm," said Smith.
Investigators are still working to find out why Means shot his little girl and then himself, but officials say we may never know
Killeen Police are investigating the deaths of a father and daughter that occurred in the 2100 block of Coach Dr. today, Thursday, April 28, 2011.
Officers responded to 2114 Coach Dr. when a family member made a 911 call at 4:17am, telling them that they arrived home to find that there had been two people shot inside the residence. Officers arrived to find the 37 year old male resident and his 5 year old daughter with gunshot wounds. The female victim was immediately transported to Metroplex Hospital where she was pronounced deceased at 5:15am by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke. Judge Cooke then arrived at 2114 Coach Dr. and pronounced the male victim deceased at 5:45am; he ordered autopsies to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas on both victims.
The preliminary investigation reveals that the 37 year old Anthony Means shot his daughter, 5 year old Nina Sheree Means, and then shot himself.
Detectives continue to investigate the cause of this probable Murder/Suicide at this time. Information will be released as it becomes available.
From Killeen Police