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Texas Dad Turns Boy's Birthday Party into Massacre of Wife's Family

Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas) -- An 11-year-old Texas boy was being cared for by relatives Monday after his roller rink birthday party turned into a massacre when his father opened fire on his estranged wife and her family and then killed himself.

The town of Grand Prairie was stunned by the bloodshed that erupted this weekend when Tan Do, 35, pulled out a gun and ushered the children out of the way before shooting his estranged wife Trini Do, 29, and her family. Five people died and four others were wounded before Do shot and killed himself.

Family members and others in the Vietnamese community in Grand Prarie now fear for the future of the now-orphaned boy who witnessed his family shot down.

A police department spokesman said of the boy, "He is with other family members."

About 30 relatives and friends gathered at Forum Roller World in Grand Prairie to celebrate the boy's birthday with skating and music. But at 7 p.m. the boy's father moved the children out of the way and began firing at his estranged wife and her family.

"It was so fast. It probably felt like 10 or 15 minutes' worth and it was probably less than a minute and 15 seconds," skating rink owner Walt Hedrick told ABC's Dallas affiliate, WFAA. "There was nothing anyone could do."

Tan Do killed his estranged wife Trini Do, her sisters Michelle Ta, 28, Lynn Ta, 16, and her brother Hien Ta, 21, as well as Trini Do's sister-in-law, Thuy Nguyen, 25. He then turned the gun on himself.

Four others were injured in the shooting but are expected for make full recoveries.

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