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Texas Mom Who Killed Daughters Called 'Family Meeting' Before Shootout

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by TIM STELLOH and ELIZABETH CHUCK

A Texas mother who shot her two daughters­­ to death on her husband's birthday last week had called "a family meeting" before the shootout, authorities said Monday.

Christy Sheats, 42, was then killed by a police officer after she allegedly refused to drop a .38-caliber handgun.

In a statement, the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office said that on Friday afternoon, Christy gathered her children — 22-year-old Taylor and 17-year-old Madison — and her husband, Jason, who had just turned 45, in the living room of their Katy, Texas, home, west of Houston.

"During that meeting, Christy Sheats held up a gun and shot both girls," the statement said.

The girls and their father fled, though Madison soon collapsed and died, according to the statement. Jason raced to the end of a cul-de-sac, while Taylor ran into the street.

Christy then chased after Taylor, shooting her again, before returning home and reloading, the statement added.

"Christy Sheats returned and shot Taylor once more," it said.

Taylor later died at a local hospital. Jason was not injured, NBC affiliate KPRC reported.

A responding deputy and police officer found the girls lying in the street and Sheats with a gun in her hand.

"We heard the dad say, 'Don't do this. They're our kids,'" a neighbor, Fazz Zainuddin, told KPRC.

He added that police were stationed behind trees and cars and told Sheats to put the gun down.

"Obviously she did not," Zainuddin told KPRC.

He added that police were stationed behind trees and cars and told Sheats to put the gun down.

"Obviously she did not," Zainuddin told KPRC.

Police do not know what the motive for the shooting was. Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Caitilin Espinosa told NBC News that Jason Sheats is cooperating with the investigation.

The sheriff's office was called to the Sheats home 14 times, beginning in January 2012. Some were for alarm issues. Police said they have been forbidden from elaborating on the calls due to legal constraints issued by the county attorney.

Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy E. Nehls called the situation "a terrible incident" in a Facebook post a day after the shootings.

"As everyone is certainly aware, we had a terrible incident last night that involved the deaths of 3 people. An unimaginable tragedy that it seems we see too often," Nehls wrote. "Keep the family in your prayers."

A LinkedIn page for Sheats lists her profession as a business manager at Clean Canvas Laser, a tattoo removal shop in Houston. A receptionist at Clean Canvas told NBC News Sheats had not worked there for about two years. 

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