Phyllis James Shane James Sr. : “Son Kills Parents, Commits Mass Shooting in Austin, Motive Unknown”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : Two individuals were tragically murdered inside their home in East Bexar County on Tuesday. The victims have been identified as 55-year-old Phyllis James and 56-year-old Shane James Sr. The shocking twist in this heartbreaking case is that their own son, 34-year-old Shane James Jr., has been accused of the killings.

According to authorities, after allegedly murdering his parents in the shared Bexar County home, James Jr. embarked on a harrowing journey, driving over 80 miles to Austin. It is there that he is believed to have committed four more murders and left three others injured, including an Austin police officer, an Austin ISD School District Officer, and a cyclist. The suspect, James Jr., is now in custody in Austin and has been charged in Travis County with Capitol Murder of Multiple Persons. Charges are still pending in Bexar County.

Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar stated on Wednesday that investigators are still trying to determine the motive behind the shooting rampage in Austin. “I don’t know that there was any rhyme or reason to how he selected his victims at all,” Salazar said. “Nothing that we’ve been made aware of.”

Salazar also mentioned that the weapon used in the crimes is still under investigation. While they assume it originated from within the house, they are uncertain about the specifics. Salazar shared, “What I can tell you at this point is that I believe the shell casings we found in the home match at least some of the shell casings found in Austin. But beyond that, I don’t know if they match the gun he was caught with or how many guns he was caught with.”

It has also been revealed that James Jr. had previous charges and active warrants for assault and bodily injury. The Texas Organizing Project, which bailed him out in February 2022, expressed their deep sorrow over the incident and emphasized their commitment to addressing gun violence and advocating for the rights and representation of all Texans.

Sadly, this devastating case further highlights the connection between domestic violence and mass shootings. James Jr. was dishonorably discharged from the military in 2015 due to a domestic violence incident. A study by the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence revealed that more than two-thirds of mass shootings are either domestic violence incidents or perpetrated by individuals with a history of domestic violence.

As the investigation continues, the community mourns the loss of Phyllis James and Shane James Sr., while grappling with the questions surrounding this horrific tragedy.

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