A man and woman were shot to death during a cookout at a home in Bellmead on Friday evening, and a relative was arrested on capital murder charges, police reported.

Officers found Rachel Dionne Strickland, 40, and Christopher Dewayne Wilson, 42, dead outside a home in the 4700 block of Florida Street, south of Texas State Technical College, after neighbors reported hearing gunfire at about 6:30 p.m., according to an arrest affidavit. The first officer who arrived at the house took Johnny Alvin Wilson, 36, into custody without incident, according to the affidavit.

Johnny Wilson remained in McLennan County Jail on Saturday on two capital murder charges, a first-degree felony charge of aggravated assault-family violence, a third-degree felony charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm and a state jail felony charge of child endangerment. His bond is listed at $2.3 million.

Family members had gathered at the home Friday evening when some sort of confrontation broke out, and other relatives were present at the time of the shooting, including a woman, two juveniles and an infant child, Bellmead Assistant Police Chief Brenda Kinsey said.

“This was a very isolated incident and it was not random,” Kinsey said. “We do not believe there is any danger to the public stemming from this.”

The 16-year-old daughter of Strickland and Christopher Wilson told police she was in a pool at the house when she saw Johnny Wilson exit the house with a gun, shoot her father, then shoot her mother, according to the affidavit. The girl then ran from the yard after he pointed the weapon at her, suffering an injury when she jumped a fence, and she went to a house nearby, according to the affidavit.

Johnny Wilson’s wife and infant son were inside the house when police arrived, according to the affidavit.

Police with Lacy Lakeview, the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office, TSTC, Waco crime scene technicians and the Texas Rangers assisted Bellmead authorities throughout the night Friday.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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