The birth of a new baby is generally a joyous occasion that is celebrated by the welcoming family, but unfortunately, the jubilant life event has been marred by tragedy for one Texas family. KHOU 11 is reporting that a 32-year-old Texas man—whose name has yet to be disclosed to the public—fatally shot himself in his wife’s hospital room shortly after she’d given birth.
The incident took place at the Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital on Sunday afternoon. Investigators say that the child, who was born a mere 3 and a half hours before the shooting, was not in the room at the time the incident occurred. Details surrounding what pushed the new father to take his life are still scarce, but Houston police spokesperson, John Cannon, revealed that his family noticed that he’d been upset lately.
“Family members said he has been distraught recently,” Cannon expressed.
While some reports suggest that the man’s wife was present in the room at the time of the incident, others say that she was not. What has been confirmed, however, is that she was not injured. Witnesses told reporters that they heard arguing coming from the room a little before the shots were fired.
Following the shooting, the man was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where he died earlier today. In addition to investigating the circumstances surrounding the man’s suicide, authorities are also trying to figure out how he was able to smuggle a gun into the hospital.
This is such a sad story, but it’s relieving to hear that no one else was injured.
Watch KHOU’s full report on the next page.