Although police searched for Oropeza, he remains at large. “He is out there, and he’s a threat to the community,” James Smith, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Houston office, said Saturday, according to The Washington Post.
Here are the newest images of Francisco Oropesa and a prominent tattoo on his left forearm.Going forward, the subject’s last name will be spelled “Oropesa” to better reflect his identity in law enforcement systems. This remains a fluid investigation. #ClevelandTXShooting pic.twitter.com/ZWUu0FqoMF — FBI Houston (@FBIHouston) April 30, 2023
Oropeza “could be anywhere” within 10 to 20 square miles, Smith said.
Friday’s incident began late at night when Wilson Garcia asked Oropeza to stop shooting his gun in his yard because an infant in Garcia’s house was trying to sleep, according to The New York Times. “The suspect said something along the lines of, ‘It’s his property, he’ll do whatever he pleased on his property,'” Capers said, according to Fox News. “The man went back into the house. Next thing they know, he’s walking up the driveway with rifle in hand,” Capers said. Garcia’s wife was the first to die as she stood near the entrance of the house, according to the Times, Garcia said he fled from the shooter after his wife was killed “I thought he was going to follow me. But after he couldn’t catch me, he went back to the house to finish them off,” he said. “I came back for my two children. They were hiding in the closet. The two women protecting them when they died — they were hugging them,” he said. Carlos Ramirez, Garcia’s brother, said the women who died were protecting a 6-week-old boy and a 3-year-old girl. Both survived. Capers said the killings were methodical. “Everybody that was shot was shot from the neck up, almost execution-style,” he said. The dead were listed as Garcia’s wife, Sonia Guzman, 25; Diana Velazquez Alvarado, 21; Juliza Molina Rivera, 31; Jose Jonathan Casarez, 18; and Daniel Enrique Laso, 8. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
MANHUNT: Deputies are searching for Francisco Oropeza,38, in San Jacinto County. He is wanted for killing 5 people, injuring 3 others.The youngest 8-years-old. If you see him you should call 911 immediately. @KHOU #KHOU11 pic.twitter.com/djySW8mq0m — Brittany Ford (@BFordKHOU) April 29, 2023