On Tuesday, May 2, 2023, at approximately 7:00 pm, Francisco Oropesa was taken into custody in Montgomery County. Oropesa was wanted in connection with a shooting incident that occurred in Cleveland, Texas. The arrest was carried out without any incident according to authorities.
Following a horrific mass shooting in Texas that left five people dead, including an 9-year-old, and three children found covered in blood, the 35-year-old suspect, Francisco Oropesa, has been captured. He was believed to have been hiding in a wooded area approximately 10 to 12 miles from the crime scene, sparking a widespread manhunt involving multiple agencies.
The tragic incident began when the victims approached Oropesa, who was allegedly shooting his rifle in his front yard, and asked him to stop, as they had a young baby trying to sleep. Oropesa, who had been drinking, responded aggressively, eventually entering the victims’ home and shooting everyone from the neck up, execution style.
The five deceased victims ranged in age from 9 to approximately 40 years old. Three other juveniles were found covered in blood but unharmed. They were immediately taken to a hospital for examination. It appears that all the victims were part of one family, with four to five of them having moved to the area from Houston just a few days prior to the shooting.
Oropesa, known by name and date of birth, had a history of firing his rifle in his front yard. His wife is currently being interviewed by authorities. At least one other rifle and a pistol were found in Oropesa’s house, in addition to the AR-15 style rifle he used during the shooting.