Police: Mother Shot Son 10 Times With .40 Caliber Gun


RIESEL, TX -- New details have emerged in the case involving the 17-year-old killed by his mother on Monday morning.

Court documents revealed Garrett Hunt was shot 10 times with a .40 caliber while in the family's minivan with his mom, Elizabeth Hunt. 

According to the McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara, Hunt picked up Garrett from his father's house and started driving towards Riesel High School. Mother and son were on their way to register Garrett for his first day of school.

While on the way to school, Hunt pulled over, exited the minivan, stepped back, and began shooting unexpectedly.

“She emptied the pistol into his body, 10 rounds. He never had a chance," said McNamara.

After killing her son Hunt began walking back to Riesel and she encountered two people near Riesel Square. She told them her son needed help and “with her mother in heaven."

The two people told police Hunt told them, "What have I done…this is not real."

A passerby located the abandoned minivan and when police arrived they found Garrett dead inside the minivan.

“When law enforcement found the vehicle, all the doors were closed, the windows were rolled up, and the vehicle was running,” the affidavit says.

After searching the car officers found multiple .40 caliber cartridge cases on the ground on the driver’s side of the minivan and a .40 caliber pistol inside the vehicle along with a spare magazine.

“At this point, we don’t have a motive, we don’t know what happened, we don’t know what led up to this, it’s a big mystery, and that’s what we’re trying to determine, what caused this,” McNamara said Monday.

When she was questioned by police Hunt "would respond by sobbing, saying ‘I didn’t mean to, I didn’t mean to."

"She said she didn’t know why she did it, but I say you can’t shoot someone 10 times with a 40-caliber handgun and not know why you’re doing it," said McNamara. “One shot, maybe, but not 10, and the gun was empty because the slide was locked back.”

The fifth-grade teacher has been described as a good person. According to her family, Hunt had never shown a violent side.

“Her father told me she was a model child, loving and caring, and that she grew into that kind of woman,” McNamara said, “and that he couldn’t imagine what might have happened to her.”

Hunt had a probationary contract with Waco ISD and the school district confirmed she will be placed on administrative leave and be allowed to resign.

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