McGregor, TX – A gunman murdered three family members and two bystanders during a domestic violence incident in a residential area of McGregor on Sept. 30, according to investigators.
The incident occurred in the 900-block of South Monroe Avenue shortly before 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 30, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
Investigators said the suspect, later identified as 35-year-old Nicolas Jaimes-Hernandez, fatally shot his wife and her two children inside a home, KWTX reported.
Two female bystanders were also killed in the attack, according to police.
One woman was found dead inside a neighboring residence, while the other was found dead out in the street in front of the homes, KWTX reported.
McGregor police responded to the scene and ended up wounding Jaimes-Hernandez during an ensuing shootout, according to the Waco Tribune-Herald.
The gunman was rushed to a local hospital, where he remained in police custody with charges pending, McGregor Mayor Jimmy Hering told the paper.
The victims have been identified as Jaimes-Hernandez’s wife, 38-year-old Monica Delgado Aviles, and her children, 14-year-old Natallie Avila and 15-year-old Miguel Avila, KWTX reported.
Investigators said Jaimes-Hernandez was not the father of Miguel Avila and Natallie Avila, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Monica Delgado Aviles is also the mother of three other children, ages four, six, and eight.
“She was a stay home mom whose time and dedication was 100 percent on her five kids,” her cousin, Esme Ortuno, told KCEN. “Both kids were growing up to be good people, hardworking guided with the good example of their family.”
We now know the identities of the three other victims of yesterday’s shooting in McGregor.
Monica Delgado, 37
Miguel Avila, 15
Natallie Avila, 14
— Andrew Lamparski (@andrewlamparski) September 30, 2022
The bystanders killed in the attack were identified as 20-year-old Natalie Aviles and 47-year-old Lori Aviles, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
Lori Aviles leaves behind her teenaged sons, Zion and Ezra, according to the Waco Tribune-Herald.
The boys’ father was a church youth pastor who passed away two years ago.
The family of Lori and Natalie Aviles provided us some more photos of the mother and daughter.
— Andrew Lamparski (@andrewlamparski) September 29, 2022
Lori Aviles’ cousin, Geronimo Olvera, told KWTX that the shooter also opened fire on him during the attack.
Olvera said he was driving to his home on Monroe Street when the gunman drove up and began firing at him.
“He stopped and just started shooting. He started shooting at me and I didn’t know what to do,” Olvera told KWTX. “I got out of my car, checked to see if I got shot and I had got shot in my fingers.”
Hering described the deadly shooting as a “terrible and senseless act of violence” that has “devastated” the entire town of just 5,200 people, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
“While the families are being notified of the details, we ask that you keep them, the officers and the community of McGregor in your thoughts and prayers,” the mayor said. “We will keep the public informed as investigative facts are confirmed.”
The Texas Rangers are handling the ongoing investigation at the request of the McGregor Police Department, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported.