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Police say they have no leads in search for Texas shooting suspect

The suspect is considered armed and dangerous.
Posted at 10:16 AM, Apr 30, 2023

Authorities have come up against a dead end in their search for a man who killed five people in a Cleveland, Texas, home in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Law enforcement officials said Sunday that they don't know where Francisco Oropesa, 38, is hiding and have "zero leads."

Oropesa is accused of entering his neighbor's home and opening fire after he was asked to keep it down while shooting in his yard late at night. After killing victims as young as 9 years old, Oropesa fled the scene, authorities said.

"He could be anywhere," San Jacinto County Sheriff Greg Capers said in a press conference.

Capers said in their search, authorities had located a cell phone and some articles of clothing. He said tracking dogs also picked up the suspect's scent, but lost it in the water.

The FBI is also helping search for the suspect.

"We consider him armed and dangerous, and we’re not going to stop until we actually arrest him and bring him into custody," FBI Houston Special Agent in Charge James Smith said in a press conference. "He is a threat to the community, so I don’t want anyone to think something different than that."

Police are also asking for the public's help locating Oropesa. The San Jacinto County Sheriff's Office said anyone with tips or information can call (936) 653-4367, and may remain anonymous. Information can also be submitted anonymously via multicountycrimestoppers.org

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Sunday that the state is adding $50,000 to the reward fund for information leading to Oropesa's arrest. 

"Our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of the five victims taken in this senseless act of violence," Abbott said. 

The total reward is now a combined $80,000. 

Police warn people that they should not approach the suspect and call 911 as he is likely armed and dangerous.