EX-HUSBAND WHO OPENED FIRE AT WIFE’S PARTY KILLING EIGHT – INCLUDING ONE OF HIS OWN BEST FRIENDS – HAD LOST HIS JOB IN 2015 AND DEVELOPED A DRINKING PROBLEM
The man who shot dead his wife and seven of her friends during her football party on Sunday had a serious drinking problem that made him violent.
Police say Spencer Hight, 32, burst into the home of his estranged wife, 27-year-old Meredith Lane, while she was hosting a group of friends to watch the NFL at her home in Plano, Texas, and opened fire.
Seven people were pronounced dead at the scene, one died a short time later in hospital, while a ninth, who hasn’t been named, is still being treated for their injuries.
Hight was shot dead by a cop shortly after the attack, which unfolded just hours before what would have been his sixth wedding anniversary.
He and Lane were married in 2011, and at first things were great, until he lost his job in 2015 and developed a drinking problem, according to the Dallas News.
And on Sunday, in a state of fury, Hight turned a gun on some of his own friends, such 31-year-old Rion Morgan, who was a groomsman at his wedding to Lane.
The other victims are: Anthony ‘Tony’ Cross, 33; Olivia Deffner, 24; James Dunlop, 29; Darryl William Hawkins, 22; Myah Bass, 28; and Caleb Edwards, 25.