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Posted on: August 21, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions: MCPD, Texas Ranger Division Conducting Investigation Of Active Shooter

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The Missouri City Police Department, in cooperation with the Texas Ranger Division of the Department of Public Safety, is continuing the investigation of an active shooter incident that occurred at the Ben E. Keith Foods Distribution Center in the 700 block of Cravens Road on Monday, Aug. 20 at about 2:11 a.m.

The suspect, identified by police as employee Kristine Peralez, shot two other employees at the facility. Peralez was apprehended and transported to Memorial Hermann to be treated for a gunshot wound to her upper body. She later died as a result of her injury.

The two victims were Manager Francisco Reyes and Fedencio Janas. Reyes died on the scene, and Janas was transported to Southwest Memorial Hospital to be treated for a gunshot wound to his leg.

“The City received excellent cooperation from area agencies during this crisis and it is greatly appreciated,” said Police Chief Mike Berezin. “The safety of our community and adjacent communities is contingent upon those partnerships and we value the long-standing public safety collaboration.”

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To further address inquiries in relation to this incident, the City has compiled a list of frequently asked questions:

How long will the investigation take?

A thorough investigation of the case is being conducted; no set timeline has been established.

Have police determined a motive?

Investigators have not determined a motive at this time.

Are police looking into a Facebook video that appears to show the shooter saying goodbye minutes before firing shots?

Law enforcement officials are reviewing Peralez’ social media posts as part of their investigation to determine a motive.

What kind of gun was used?

A semi-automatic handgun was used. Law enforcement is still investigating the origin.

How old were the individuals who were involved?

Francisco Reyes, 31

Fedencio Janas, 29

Kristine Peralez, 29

Does Kristine Peralez’ husband work at Ben E. Keith? 

Yes; he was at work during the time of the shooting.

Did an officer exchange fire with the suspect? 

The first responding MCPD officer was Valery Elias. Upon encountering the suspect and hearing gunshots, he fired. No other MCPD officers fired any gunshots.

As part of standard procedure, Officer Elias is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Elias has served with MCPD for one year.

“Given the fact that a City police officer engaged the suspect, we contacted the Texas Ranger Division for assistance with this investigation, which is protocol in situations such as this,” Berezin said.

Was the suspect shot by a Missouri City Police Officer?

Preliminary autopsy reports indicate Peralez’ injury was a self-inflicted wound.

Where were the deceased employees found? 

Reyes was discovered in his office.

Peralez was apprehended in a parking lot.

There were no additional suspects or victims involved in the incident.

How many employees were at the warehouse at the time of the shooting?

Investigators estimate that about 20 to 25 employees were working in the building where the incident occurred.

Has Ben E. Keith reopened for operations?

Investigators turned the incident scene back over to Ben E. Keith yesterday at 1:30 p.m.

Was Peralez scheduled to work on Monday, Aug. 20?

Investigators said Peralez was off-duty on the day of the shooting.

How soon before the shooting was the Facebook post made?

The investigation of this matter is still ongoing.

Were either of the employees targeted specifically by Peralez or were they picked at random?

Investigators are looking into this as well.

What is the current condition of the second individual who was hospitalized?

Fedencio Janas is in stable condition at Southwest Memorial Hospital where he was taken for treatment for a gunshot wound to his leg.

What is Ben E. Keith?

Ben E. Keith is a national distributor that has operated its Gulf Coast division in Missouri City’s Beltway Crossing Business Park since 2013.

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