PLANO, Texas (AP) — Police records show a Texas man armed with a handgun, rifle and knife had looked for his estranged wife at her work before traveling to her home where he fatally shot her and seven others.
Friends say he had grown despondent as his marriage dissolved and was drinking heavily.
Search warrants obtained by KTVT-TV in Fort Worth show 32-year-old Spencer Hight was armed on Sept. 10 when he walked into the bar and grill where Meredith Hight worked. He learned she wasn’t working that night and then drove to the home the couple used to share in Plano, north of Dallas.
He had displayed a knife and handgun to employees at a bar in Plano on the same day as the mass shooting, according to the court records. Bar employees called 911 as Hight was escorted to his car, and two of the employees were concerned enough to follow the gunman as he drove to Meredith Hight’s home.
Meredith Hight, who was 27, had filed for divorce in July after six years of marriage. The gathering in Plano on Sept. 10 was the first party she was hosting on her own, her mother said.
A witness said she was in the backyard when she saw Spencer Hight inside the home with a weapon, which may have been a rifle, according to court documents obtained by the Daily News. The witness said she heard Meredith Hight pleading with her estranged husband, “did you really have to do this?” The witness then heard more gunshots.
Also killed were 33-year-old Anthony Cross, Olivia Deffner, 24; James Dunlop, 29; Darryl Hawkins, 22; Myah Bass, 28; Caleb Edwards, 25; and Rion Morgan, 31. Morgan was a groomsman in the couple’s wedding, according to the Dallas Morning News
Officers found Hight at shot him dead at the scene. Hight had an AR-15 assault weapon attached to his body by a rifle sling, and a .38-caliber pistol in his waistband. Police also found a rifle magazine in the hallway of Meredith Hight’s home.
The warrants also reveal multiple guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition were found at his apartment.