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A GUNMAN shouted at the children to leave his son's birthday party at a Texas roller rink before fatally shooting his estranged wife and four of her relatives, and then killing himself as others panicked and some fled screaming in their skates, police and witnesses say.

Police said the couple had been having ongoing marital problems that investigators believe led to the shootings about 7pm on Saturday at Forum Roller World in Grand Prairie, about 30 kilometres west of Dallas.

No young children or rink employees were killed. Some people at nearby businesses said they watched as adults and children spilled from the rink in horror.

"They just looked terrified," Cody Poston, a witness, told WFAA-TV, outside the rink that was festooned with birthday decorations. "There's several people crying. The kids were just kind of oblivious."

Grand Prairie detective John Brimmer identified the gunman as Tan Do, 35, of Grand Prairie, and said the party was for his 11-year-old son. Do ordered the children to leave the party, and then after they ran and hid, he opened fire, Brimmer said. Do's son and his other child are safe with other relatives, he said


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