After a full day of hunting, US authorities have arrested a Mexican man accused of killing five of his neighbors after he was instructed to stop shooting in his Texas backyard, a police spokesman said.
San Jacinto County Sheriff Greg Kuipers told reporters, “This man is now in our custody,” adding that he was found hiding in a closet.
Francisco Oropesa managed to escape after being shot by his neighbors in the small town of Cleveland. The ages of his victims ranged from 9 to 31 years old.
San Jacinto County District Attorney Todd Dillon told NBC that Oropesa, Texas was arrested about 17 miles outside of Cleveland.
While authorities deployed hundreds of police officers to search for the 38-year-old man, they also offered an $80,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.
The mass shooting, the latest in a series of mass shootings across the United States, has become the focus of discussion about gun proliferation and the immigration crisis.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said the suspect “killed five illegal immigrants”, although his immigration status was not immediately clear.
Abbott later said that at least one victim “could have been in the United States legally”.
All the victims are from Honduras, from where a caravan of migrants leaves daily for the border with the United States.
According to CNN, Oropeza, of Mexican nationality, has been deported from the United States at least four times since 2009.