SEVEN people have been shot dead after a gunman opened fire at an American Football watching party.
Police rushed to the Plano, Texas, home after reports of multiple shots fired. An officer shot and killed the gunman at the scene, bringing the total number of dead to eight.
The shooting occurred on Sunday night local time in the city about 30 kilometres northeast of Dallas.
The victims were all believed to be adults. Neighbours told local media the shooting occurred during a Dallas Cowboys party.
Unconfirmed reports suggest the shooting was the result of an arugument that began inside the home. An eyewitness, Crystal Sugg, told Fox 4 news she heard a loud argument between a man and a woman coming from just outside the home.
"There was a man and a woman, they were standing outside arguing, and as they were arguing the woman was trying to go back into the house you see the man pull out his gun and just start releasing [bullets].
"So as he released I ran back in, because I didn't want to get hit by nothing. But he just started letting them go."
BREAKING: Plano PD confirms 8 dead, 2 others in hospital after shooting at home on Spring Creek near Blue Ridge Trl- all adults I'm told pic.twitter.com/LfHvzNyRWf— David Goins (@dgoins) September 11, 2017
Ms Sugg claimed the gun was an automatic because "you could hear it just ring off, just go".
Police were initially responding to a call for help from a woman who said a man with a gun was trying to force his way into her home - and when the first officer went inside the home he discovered a number of bodies.
"I've been here all my life," police spokesman David Tilley told theDallas Morning News. "I've never heard of anything like this."
"The first arriving officer on scene made entry inside the house, confronted the suspect, ultimately shooting and killing him," Mr Tilley told local television station WFAA.
Two others have been injured but their conditions weren't immediately known.
The relationship between the victims and their killer was unclear. Police are trying to establish a motive, reported USA Today.
A friend of one of the homeowners said the violence had been sparked by a domestic dispute, but this has not been confirmed by police.
The couple identified as the homeowners sought a divorce in July, The Dallas Morning News reported citing public records.
One neighbour, Victor García, said he heard about six gunshots, one after another. Less than 10 minutes later, he said, he heard police sirens and another burst of gunshots.
Other reports from the scene suggest as many as 40 shots were fired.
A man approached journalists at the scene and told them he had friends having a Dallas Cowboys party at that address.
"I'm friends with probably everyone that was in that house," he said.
Mr Tilley said that a shooting of this magnitude was unusual for Plano, especially in such a quiet neighborhood. He could not say whether police had been called to the home before Sunday.
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