Update: Since Friday, more details regarding the horrific shooting have emerged, including the mother's history of mental instability.
A 911 recording released by the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office reveals her daughters pleading for their lives before Sheats opens fire; you can hear one of her daughters crying, "Please! Forgive me! Please, don’t shoot."
Before the shooting began, Sheats allegedly called a "family meeting," in which an argument with her husband escalated. When she pulled a gun out of the couch, he told her to, "Just shoot yourself. Make it easy on all of us, just shoot yourself."
She responded, "No, that’s not what this is about, this is about punishing you," before shooting Madison.
Sheats reportedly had a pattern of unstable behavior and mental illness. Her former employer, John Hollis, fired her because he described her as "erratic; it was highs-and-lows."
She initially told Hollis that she and her husband were going through a divorce, but later changed the story, claiming that they were simply separated and she was living alone in an apartment.
Authorities specified her history of mental illness—police had been called to her house three times before due to suicide attempts. According to her daughter Taylor's friend, Matthew Wiley, Taylor told him that, "There's a gun in the house and it makes me feel uneasy."
"She felt so unsafe," Wiley said.
A Texas mother was shot dead by the police after she shot and killed her two daughters.
Fort Bend County Sheriff, Troy Nehls informed reporters that there had been a family altercation as a result of which Christy Sheats, 46, ended up killing her daughters, 22-year-old Taylor and 17-year-old Madison.
At 5 p.m. on Friday, police rushed to Fort Bend County after hearing reports of shooting. The shooter, tragically, was identified as the victims' mother. One of the sisters died on the spot, the other was flown to a hospital but succumbed to her injuries.
After refusing to drop her weapon, Christy Sheats was shot by an officer who had no other option left.
"This was a tragic and unfortunate occurrence and we are deeply saddened by the results,” the police added.
The deceased are being mourned by a devastated father.
Although the police believes this to be a family argument that spiraled out of control, it is still piecing together the incident.
On the surface, the relationship between Christy and her daughters seems healthy, with regular outpouring of love on social media. On Daughters' Day last year, Christy posted an update, praising the daughters who she cherished so much.
In one album, she is seen posing with her daughter who she took to a concert, in another post, she proudly proclaims passing on her love for vocabulary to her 'amazing' girls.
Ironically, but not surprisingly, Christy was an advocate of the guns that took away her and her daughters' lives.
“It would be horribly tragic if my ability to protect myself or my family were to be taken away,” she wrote in March, “but that’s exactly what Democrats are determined to do by banning semi-automatic handguns.”
Christy might have been a loving mom, but the easy availability of guns means that firearms are the first weapons people use to deal with anything; a disagreement with a neighbor, a long-cherished grudge with a sibling, or even an argument as this one.