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TEXAS

Apartment shooting rampage leaves seven dead

GRAPEVINE | Seven people thought to be related had opened their Christmas gifts and started cleaning up the wrapping paper when they were fatally shot in a suburban Fort Worth apartment, police said Sunday.

Authorities said they think the shooter is among the dead.

Four women and three men, aged 18 to 60, were found in an adjoining kitchen and living room area when police entered the apartment around midday, said Grapevine Police Sgt. Robert Eberling.

Two handguns were found near the bodies in the apartment that was decorated for the holiday with a tree, he added.

“It appears they had just celebrated Christmas. They had opened their gifts,” Sgt. Eberling said.

CONNECTICUT

Stamford house fire kills five on Christmas

STAMFORD | Fire tore through a house in a tony neighborhood along the Connecticut shoreline on Christmas morning, killing five people, including three children, but sparing two whom firefighters managed to rescue.

Neighbors awakened to the sound of screaming and rushed outside to help, but they could only watch in horror as flames devoured the grand home in the pre-dawn darkness and the shocked, injured survivors were led away from the house.

“It is a terrible, terrible day,” Mayor Michael Pavia told reporters at a news briefing at the scene of the fire. “There probably has not been a worse Christmas Day in the city of Stamford.”

The fire was reported shortly before 5 a.m. Firefighters were able to rescue two adults from the house in Shippan Point, a neighborhood that juts into Long Island Sound, acting Fire Chief Antonio Conte said.

SOUTH CAROLINA

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