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Army Veteran Accused of Parents’ Murder and Multi-City Shooting Spree in Texas

A 34-year-old army veteran, Shane James Jr., currently held in Travis County Jail, is accused of murdering his parents and carrying out a shooting spree across Texas on Tuesday. The rampage began in San Antonio and concluded in Austin.

Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar disclosed at a press conference that two bodies, tentatively identified as James’ parents, Phyllis James (55) and Shane James Sr. (56), were discovered in the San Antonio home where James lived. Investigators believe the parents were killed between Monday night and Tuesday morning.

Afterward, James traveled to Austin, where he allegedly conducted four separate shootings. The incidents included the shooting of a school district officer at Northeast Early College High School, resulting in lockdown and class cancellations.

Subsequently, a man and woman, Emmanuel Pop Ba and Sabrina Rahman were killed in a residential neighborhood. Another shooting targeted a cyclist, who was recovering from injuries. The last incident occurred when officers responded to a reported burglary and encountered James, who allegedly shot at an officer. Two victims inside the residence were found dead, told ABC News.

James, who has a history of mental health issues and previous encounters with law enforcement, was arrested on four counts of capital murder in connection with the Austin killings and outstanding misdemeanor charges. He had previously faced domestic violence charges in January 2022 but was released on bail.

In August, police responded to a mental health episode at the family home but were unable to intervene due to legal constraints. Sheriff Salazar anticipates additional charges related to James’ parents’ deaths.

The Travis County District Attorney’s Office called the shooting spree “senseless and tragic gun violence,” expressing plans to prosecute the case in partnership with other jurisdictions. James, a U.S. Army veteran from 2013 to 2015, is currently in custody awaiting trial.

Paul joined the Manchester Evening News in 2004 and Tosbos in 2022. A senior reporter, he's experienced in crime and court reporting - and also holds the defense portfolio.


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