Plano shooting victims, shooter identified by Police; roundup of news coverage of mass shooting in Dallas suburb

Who were the shooting victims on Sunday night when a gun man entered a Plano home during a pro football TV watching party ?

When: About 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017

Where: Home in 1700 block of West Spring Creek Parkway in suburban Plano, Texas 75023.

Authorities in Plano have identified the fatal shooting victims as

Meredith Emily Hight, the 27-year-old estranged wife of the suspect

Anthony “Tony” Michael Cross – age 33

Olivia Nicole Deffner – age 24

James Richard Dunlop – age 29

Darryl William Hawkins – age 22

Rion Christopher Morgan – age 31

Myah Sade Bass – age 28

Caleb Seth Edwards – age 25

Police have identified the shooter as Spencer Hight, age 32. A Police Police officer shot Mr. Hight. Police report that Hight was armed with more than one weapon.

The location was Spencer Hight’s former home where there was a cookout and Cowboys TV watching party happening Sunday night.

Witnesses say Mrs. Hight had filed for divorce.

One witness has said he saw Mr. Hight at a local bar right before the shooting.

“”We’ve never had a shooting of this magnitude. We’ve never seen this many victims before. It’s just a terrible event,” Plano Police Chief Greg Rushin.

The Plano Police officer who confronted and shot Spencer Hight is on administrative leave pending investigation by the Texas Rangers law enforcement agency. The officer heard shots and saw victims in the backyard and in home as he responded to the call.

Police Chief Greg Rushin reports the officer showed great bravery.

The victims were reported to have been watching the Dallas Cowboys game vs. the New York Giants on TV in the home in the 1700 block of West Spring Creek Parkway in Plano just east of Custer Road between Green Oaks and Blue Ridge Trail.

Spring Creek Parkway was closed Sunday night and Monday as authorities investigated the killings.

There is one survivor, whose name has not been identified.

Thanks to the David Tilley and officers of Plano Police Department, Texas Rangers, Medical Examiners and so on  … Integrity … Bravery … Professionalism. 

The Dallas Cowboys beat the New York Giants, 19-3, on that night.

  • Story and links compiled by Brian Bearden, @collincountydfw

Follow the story of the mass shooting on Sunday night all in one place:


One of first stories by DallasNews

Story on couple by DMN


KXII News 12 in Sherman, Texas


Plano shooter identified – NBC 5 Sept. 12, 2017









Dallas Observer

  • Compiled by Brian Bearden
  • @collincountydfw

Dr. Rick McDaniel addressing McKinney Sunrise Rotary on Wednesday at Eldorado Country Club


Visit the McKinney Sunrise Rotary for a status report on McKinney ISD at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at Eldorado Country Club.

Dr. Rick McDaniel will be the guest speaker.

If you are new in town, visit to hear what is happening in McKinney ISD public schools. McKinney was recently named one of the best places to work in one of the best places to live in North Texas.

Dr. Rick McDaniel was a 20-year veteran of public education when he came to McKinney ISD in 2006 to serve as principal of the newly constructed McKinney Boyd High School, and he approached the job with an emphasis on promoting high academic standards and cultivating a strong school culture that would foster learning and a sense of safety for every student.

Dr. McDaniel holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Stephen F. Austin University, a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Tyler and a doctorate from the University of North Texas.



Democrats begin taking applications for Precinct chairs

Filing to become a Democrat Party Precinct Chair runs from Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 through 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017.

Must complete application for a Place on the Ballot and return it with notarized first page to either the County Chair, the Party Secretary, a CEC meeting, or Party HQ, 1915 N. Central Expressway, Suite 150, Plano, TX 75075.

Candidates may complete the form electronically, but must print it out and return a notarized hard copy by the deadline to get on the ballot.

MORE INFORMATION: Go to Collin County Democrats website

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