The Mexican national wanted in the execution-style shooting of five of his neighbors in Texas remained at large more than 24 hours later Sunday morning and "could be anywhere" by now. 

FBI Houston tweeted Sunday morning that the multi-agency search for suspect Francisco Oropeza, 38 continues. "Reminder, if you see him DO NOT approach him. He is armed and dangerous. If you have a tip about his whereabouts call the San Jacinto County Sheriff's Office at 936-653-4367," the tweet read. 

Oropeza is accused of shooting and killing five neighbors, including an 8-year-old child, in the 100 block of Walters Road in the Trails End area of Cleveland, Texas. 

At the most recent press conference Saturday evening, San Jacinto County Sheriff Greg Capers said all future updates would come from the FBI. 


Francisco Oropeza in FBI photo

FBI Houston said Francisco Oropeza, 38, is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with a tip related to the shooting or Oropeza's whereabouts is asled to call the San Jacinto County Sheriff's Office at 936-653-4367.  (FBI Houston )

"He could be anywhere now," Capers said Saturday evening, explaining how investigators have widened their perimeter from about 5 or 6 square miles to "as much as 10 or 20 depending on whether or not he crossed the highline wire." Authorities found an abandoned cell phone and articles of clothing lying around, and tracking dogs from the Texas Department of Correction "picked up a scent and then … lost that scent in the water," according to the sheriff. 

The deceased victims have been identified as Sonia Argentina Guzman, 25; Daniel Enrique Laso Guzman, 8; Diana Velazquez Alvarado, 21; Julisa Molina Rivera, 31; and Jose Jonathan Casarez, 18. Capers detailed how the suspect was known to shoot his AR-15 Style 223 outside his home, as evidenced by the number of shell casings in the yard. 

On the night of the massacre, Oropeza allegedly did so again before midnight, prompting a next-door neighbor to step outside and explain how people were trying to get an infant to bed. 

FBI, Us Marshals at Cleveland, Texas, shooting of 5 people

Law enforcement thought they had cornered a suspect who allegedly shot and killed five people in a house the night before, April 29, 2023, in unincorporated San Jacinto County, Texas. But the alleged shooter remains at large.  (Yi-Chin Lee/Houston Chronicle via AP)

The suspect said something along the lines of, "It’s his property, he’ll do whatever he pleased on his property," according to the sheriff. 

"The man went back into the house. Next thing they know, he’s walking up the driveway with rifle in hand," Capers said. 

The sheriff told KPRC that Oropeza, a Mexican man, was identified through video showing the suspect going up to his neighbors' door and by a Mexican consulate card. 

A total of ten people were inside the home when the suspect entered. Five of those victims died, and another five were not physically injured, Capers said. 

Texas shooting suspect Francisco Oropeza is seen in photo

Francisco Oropeza, 39, a Mexican national, is suspected of killing five people near Cleveland, Texas, Friday, April 28, 2023. (Fox News)


The sheriff said two women were found lying on top of three surviving children who were "covered in blood" and taken to the hospital, where it was discovered they had been unharmed. 

San Jacinto County Sheriff at Texas home where 5 were killed

San Jacinto County Sheriff Greg Capers talks to investigators at the scene where five people were shot and killed the night before, Saturday, April 29, 2023.  (Yi-Chin Lee/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Wilson Garcia, a survivor who reportedly owns the home where the shooting unfolded, told KTRK he was the one who stepped outside because his 1-month-old was trying to sleep. 

"We had company. We were going to make something to eat, the guy, came out, and he was shooting. We asked him to be quiet 'cause my baby was scared," Garcia said via a translator. He recalled telling Oropeza that he would call the police, but before he could do so, the suspect came to his front door and shot his wife, Sonia, where she was standing. 

"I never thought that he would shoot. Then he went room to room, looking for people," Garcia said. "He couldn't catch up to me. The bullets were hitting (everywhere)."

Investigators take items out of Cleveland, Texas, shooting scene

Law enforcement authorities removing bodies from a scene where five people were shot the night before Saturday, April 29, 2023, in Cleveland, Texas.  (Yi-Chin Lee/Houston Chronicle via AP)

"The FBI has brought in investigative resources, tactical and victim services resources to assist in this investigation. We will be here until we are no longer needed to include when the subject is arrested," James Smith, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Houston Field Office, told reporters Saturday night. "We’re still out there trying to find this individual. We consider him armed and dangerous. And we’re not going to stop until we actually arrest him and bring him into custody. But he is out there, and he is a threat to the community." 

"So I don’t want anyone to think something different than that. He is a threat to the community, and we need the community’s help to hopefully locate him and soon and take him off the streets tonight. But however, I will say this, we do not ask the community to take the matters into their own hands. Please call 911 if you happen to see this individual out there." 

Police on scene of Cleveland, Texas, shooting

Law enforcement authorities responded to a scene where five people were shot the night before Saturday, April 29, 2023, in Cleveland, Texas.  (Yi-Chin Lee/Houston Chronicle via AP)

A judge has issued an arrest warrant for the suspect and already assigned a $5 million bond for when he's taken into custody. 


Night shift patrol deputies had been initially dispatched to the residence in reference to a harassment complaint. While en route, the communications center received multiple 911 calls of an active shooter incident at the dispatched location. Multiple deputies arrived at the residence and located four people deceased at the home. 

The eight-year-old child was airlifted to the hospital, where he was declared deceased. The victims are reportedly said to have been from Honduras.

FBI Houston said it previously disseminated an incorrect photo of the suspect Sunday, but that image has since been scrubbed from its social media page.