Police have identified the people killed in an hours-long standoff and a GoFundMe was created for the little boy who survived.
Three people are dead, including the suspect, after a shooting escalated into an hours-long standoff with police in Temple Thursday morning. A little boy, who was also shot, was brought to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to Temple police.
Police have identified the victims as Sherry Gray, 64, and her daughter Shelly Splittgerber, 36. The man who shot himself was Shelly's husband, Matthew Splittgerber, 34.
Splittgerber worked for Belton ISD. She was a P.E. teacher at Miller Heights Elementary.
Police responded to a shots-fired call around 6 a.m. and found two people shot at 110 W. Virginia Ave. Two victims were lying in the yard, one was dead. The other victim, a child, was transported to the hospital.
A visitation has been set for the two victims. On Dec. 28, the Gray family will hold a visitation from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Copperas Cove.
There will also be a memorial service for Shelly on Dec. 29 at the Lea Ledger Auditorium at Copperas Cove High School at 1 p.m.
Instead of the usual remembrances given, the family suggests any memorial remembrance go to Cord Fidler's GoFundMe page.
The child, identified in the fundraiser as Corden Fidler, remains in critical condition but is stable. According to the fundraiser, Cord was shot several times in the stomach and in the head. He was taken to McLane's Children's Hospital in Temple.
Corden's stepmom Alexandra Fidler gave an update on his condition Saturday evening:
Corden was scheduled for surgery this morning to repair his colon and his bladder injury. Unfortunately, due to his swelling peaking at this time, his head pressure is too unstable to be able to endure anesthesia right now for as long as they need to repair his injury. His colon has to be repaired within 2-3 days of injury so surgery is a go for tomorrow at 8 a.m. no matter what his pressures are.
His pupils are still even and reacting and his drains all are performing well. He is very, very swollen because of the amount of fluid he is getting.
Thank you to Lamar Middle School and Meredith-Dunbar Academy for all of the sweet cards. Thank you to the families that have dropped off gifts, Temple FD for coming by to shake hands, Lampasas FD for the gifts and every single person that has sat in that waiting room just to support us.
On Friday, the GoFundMe had this update on his condition:
Corden is still stable. Tomorrow he will undergo surgery to repair his colon and ureter that were damaged from his GSW’s. He is very swollen from getting a massive amount of fluids and his brain doing what it is supposed to do. The best news...the neurosurgeon that operated on him when he came in yesterday said that he has NO ruptured arteries in his brain. This is really, really good news.
That’s really all I have for now. Keep on doing what y’all do because it is working!!!!
PS: I know many of you have asked for individual texts and calls with updates but that’s just not possible right now. I’ll put them on here.
Police said that Matthew barricaded himself inside a residence. At the time, SWAT and negotiators were unaware he had a victim inside the home.
During negotiations, they heard more shots fired, and they made contact inside the home. The found the Matthew dead and another female victim deceased.
Law enforcement sources said that a restraining order had been filed against Matthew on Wednesday.
Belton ISD released a statement on Friday:
Belton ISD is deeply saddened by the death of elementary teacher Shelly Splittgerber. While new to the District and the Miller Heights campus, in her short few months with us she had already demonstrated skill, integrity, and a strong love for children - qualities that are highly desired and admired in a teacher. She went above and beyond to care for her students, and most recently delivered a Christmas tree and ornaments to a Miller Heights family.
The Miller Heights school community will be deeply impacted by the loss of their teacher, friend, and colleague. Counseling support will be provided to assist students and staff as needed as they grieve the loss of this special teacher.”
For anyone wanting to assist the family, you can donate to their GoFundMe here.
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