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Gunfire turns welcome home party into a nightmare for Bexar County family

Gunman fatally shoots himself, was only person hit

BEXAR COUNTY, Texas – A welcome home party in Northeast Bexar County turned into a nightmare, after deputies said a next door neighbor opened fire on their house, then turned the gun on himself.

On Saturday around 7:30 p.m., some 15 family members including two one year olds were inside the home on Dakota Creek welcoming home a woman who moved out of town. Charles and Cynthia Griffin live in the home that was fired upon. They and several other people at the home spoke about the shooting.

"We were going to have karaoke, for the kids and stuff, and then all of a sudden we get this blast through the door," Cynthia Griffin said.

The Bexar County Sheriff's Office confirmed it was their next door neighbor Victor Adams who went on the shooting rampage.

"Me and him (Adams) were sort of like friendly. We didn't hang out every day. Every now and then we might have a beer or two together" Charles Griffin said.

But Charles Griffin said that on Saturday Adams demanded a car parked outside be moved, even though it wasn't blocking any driveways. When the car wasn't moved, that's when bullets started flying.

"We just heard something ricochet, a loud pop. I thought it was a balloon or something at first and then I realized someone was outside shooting, so we all just kind of got down." Vanessa Jackson said.

The family discovered the car and house riddled with bullets, a family friend also reported Adams chased and shot at him, but he was able to get away.

The Bexar County Sheriffs Office confirmed Adams later fatally shot himself. He was the only person hit during the whole ordeal.

"It just shows you how short life can be. You're not promised tomorrow. Just make sure you hug your loved ones," Dondre Scott said. "I'm just thankful none of us were hurt."


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