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Suspect charged in shooting that left six dead in N. Harris County

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HOUSTON (KTRK) -- The suspect in a north Harris County shooting Wednesday that left six people -- including four children -- dead and a seventh wounded finally gave himself up after a chase and standoff that lasted for hours.
At a morning press conference, authorities identified the suspect as Ron Haskell, 33. He is charged with multiple counts of capital murder.

According to documents read in probable cause court, Haskell arrived Wednesday afternoon dressed as a FexEx guy at the victims' home in the 700 block of Leaflet Lane near Interstate 45 and Cypresswood. We've since learned Haskell used to work for FedEx.

A teen identified as Cassidy, 15, recognized Haskell as her ex-uncle. She told him her parents were not home and he left. Court documents say Haskell then came back a second time and kicked in the front door. He told Cassidy not to close the door and then tied her up. Haskell then waiting for the rest of the family to come home.

Court documents say when the rest of the family arrived, Haskell tied all of them up face down and asked them where his ex-wife was. When they said they didn't know, he shot all of them execution-style in the back of the head.

According to the Harris County Sheriff's Office, two adults, identified as Stephen Stay, 39 and Katie Stay, 33, died at the scene. Three children also died at the scene. Cassidy and a 4-year-old boy were both transported via Life Flight to the hospital. The boy died at the hospital.

Neighbor Patty Beller kneels, prays and cries on Leaflet Lane in front of home where 6 family members were shot and killed Wednesday.
Court documents say 15-year-old Cassidy is the lone survivor of the shooting. She told deputies she played dead until Haskell left. That's when she dialed 911 to tip off police that the man intended to kill her grandparents. She remains in critical condition, they said.

Deputies were able to intercept Haskell after a chase that came to an end about three miles from the shooting scene.

A line of about two dozen patrol cars followed Haskell's vehicle to the end of the street shortly before 7pm. There, the suspect's boxed-in vehicle remained for hours. As darkness fell over the neighborhood, two armored trucks were brought in to block the car from behind and the front as negotiators began their work. Those talks continued for at least three hours before Haskell, who'd sporadically hold a gun up to his head, finally surrendered himself to authorities.

Sheriff's Sgt. Thomas Gilliland said when he and other officers approached the car, Haskell was "just sitting in his car looking out at us."

Residents in the area were forced to evacuate their homes during the standoff.

"They actually knocked on the door. My boyfriend answered and he was like, 'Can y'all get out as quick as possible?'" witness Samantha Aytes said. "I was like pretty freaked out because nothing ever happens in Spring. So I just wasn't expecting it at all."

Neighbors say the family had lived at the home on Leaflet for some time.

"It's just a terrible thing. I don't know what could have happened. " neighbor Dale Collier said. "Just a bad deal, bad, bad deal. You wouldn't think something like that would happen in a neighborhood like this. It's real quiet, never anything going on."

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