The estranged husband of a 27-year-old Plano, Texas, woman has been named as the gunman who went on a deadly rampage and fatally shot his soon-to-be ex-wife and seven of her friends Sunday night at a Dallas Cowboys viewing party she hosted, PEOPLE confirms.

The Plano Police Department identified Spencer Hight, 32, as the gunman who took the lives of his estranged wife, Meredith Emily Hight, and seven of her friends in the worst mass shooting in the city’s history. Two other victims survived the shooting and were taken to the hospital, where one later died, say police.

In addition to Lane, the deceased victims have been identified as Anthony Michael Cross, 33; Olivia Nicole Deffner, 24; James Richard Dunlop, 29; Darryl William Hawkins, 22; Rion Christopher Morgan, 31; Myah Sade Bass, 28; and Caleb Seth Edwards, 25.

Plano shooting victims. Top row, L-R: Meredith Lane Hight, Rion Morgan, Tony Cross, Olivia Deffner. Bottom row, L-R: Myah Bass, Caleb Edwards, James Dunlop, Darryl Hawkins

The mass shooting rocked the normally peaceful Dallas suburb. “We’ve never had a shooting of this magnitude,” Plano Police Chief Gregory Rushin said at a press conference Monday afternoon. “We’re one of the safest cities in the country. …read more


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