Police are investigating a “possible murder- suicide ” that left a Baytown family of four dead at the San Luis Hotel in Galveston.
According to the Galveston Police Department, officers were alerted to the sounds of “pops” coming from the eighth floor around 4:30 a.m. Monday. When police arrived at the room, the door was locked from the inside and they heard “faint moaning.”
Once the officers gained entry they found a 39-year-old man, a 10-year-old boy and a 5-year-old boy lying in bed, all with gunshot wounds. The police said a 37-year-old woman was also found on the floor with a gunshot wound to the head.
“The motive is unknown at this time, but forensic data collected at the scene indicates that the female is believed to be the shooter at this time, and is believed to have killed her two children and her husband before apparently taking her own life with a 9mm handgun found adjacent to her body,” wrote the Galveston Police Department.
It was reported that the woman and one of the boys were unresponsive but appeared to be alive; they were transported to UTMB where they were pronounced dead.
UTMB identified the woman as Flor de Maria Pineda. Goose Creek Consolidated School District confirms both of the boys attended Victoria Walker Elementary as a 5th grader and kindergarten student.
The family checked in at the San Luis Resort around 7:00 p.m. on Sunday. Police believe it to be a case of murder-suicide, and they are not looking for any suspects.
“It’s definitely not one of those things we experience here in Galveston very often and that this community has to experience very often,” said Captain Joshua Schirard. “Neither is it one of those things that a family will ever want to have to experience.”