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Updated: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:47:35 GMT | By The Associated Press, cbc.ca

Texas shooting leaves 4 children, 2 adults dead



Neighbors embrace each other following a shooting Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in Spring, Texas. Deputies have cornered a man suspected in a shooting at a suburban Houston home that resulted in multiple fatalities. (© AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Brett Coomer)

Neighbors embrace each other following a shooting Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in Spring, Texas. Deputies have cornered a man suspected in a shooting at a suburban Houston home that resulted in multiple fatalities. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Brett Coomer) Brett Coomer/Houstin Chronicle/Associated Press

Authorities say a gunman who killed four children and two adults in suburban Houston has been charged in their deaths.

Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Ron Hickman says 33-year-old Ronald Lee Haskell persuaded the children he was a FedEx delivery man to gain access to their home in Spring, Texas.

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Haskell is also accused of critically wounding a 15-year-old girl in the attack Wednesday evening.

Hickman said Haskell was charged Thursday with multiple counts of capital murder.

He corrected an earlier report that said Haskell was the father of the children. He did not release details of Haskell's relationship to the family, but described the adults killed as the children's parents.

Haskell was arrested after a standoff with authorities lasting more than three hours.

Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Thomas Gilliland said the 15-year-old girl was in "very critical condition" at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston late Wednesday night.

After the girl told deputies that her shooter was headed to her grandparents' home, they were able to pass along the warning, he said.

Authorities said the teen's information also helped them to intercept the suspect, who led nearly two dozen deputy constables' patrol cars on a chase that ended in a cul-de-sac shortly before 7 p.m. There, the suspect's boxed-in vehicle remained for hours.

Finally, at about 10 p.m., after hours of waiting and negotiations, the man emerged from his car, raised his hands and sank to his knees as deputies arrested him.

During that time, Gilliland said authorities constantly talked for two hours "with a man armed with a pistol to his head and who had just killed six people."

Gilliland described the man as "cool as a cucumber." He said that when he and other officers first approached, the man was "just sitting in his car looking out at us."

"This concluded the way we wanted it to," Gilliland said after the surrender.

Said Hickman: "He was in the car for 3½ hours. He was worn down like the rest of us. He came out of the car without resistance."

Correction : An earlier version of this story based on police statements reported incorrectly that the shooter was the father of the victims. Police later corrected that, but didn't immediately indicate his relationship to the family in the house.(Jul 10, 2014 10:43 AM)

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