7 Dead in Christmas Shooting

Apparent shooter was among the victims
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 25, 2011 5:11 PM CST
Police Find 7 Dead in Dallas-Area Shooting
Police found seven people dead of gunshots in a Dallas-area apartment today, including the apparent shooter.   (Shutterstock)

Police found seven people dead today in a grisly Dallas-area Christmas shooting, the Dallas Morning News reports. Authorities have not yet identified the bodies of four men and three women in the apartment, but say the shooter is likely among them. Two guns were also found on the scene. "It's a very tragic situation. It could have been a family gathering, given the time of the year," said police Sgt. Robert Eberling.

On the assumption there was only one gunman, police are not searching for a perpetrator. They are also holding off on a more thorough investigation until they get a search warrant, the AP reports. An open-ended emergency call at about 11:30 a.m. this morning prompted police and firefighters to investigate. "There was an open line," said Eberling. "No one was saying anything." (More shooting stories.)

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