Sarah Elizabeth Hunt: Texas teacher shoots son, 17, to death without 'any reason' while driving him to school
RIESEL, TEXAS: A teacher from Texas has been charged with murder for shooting her teenage son to death for no apparent reason. In the horrific incident that occurred on November 9 morning, Sarah Elizabeth was driving her 17 year-old-son Garrett Hunt to school, when she suddenly shot him multiples times. According to reports, she’s been held in the McLeanna County Jail on a $500,000 bond.
Police investigation is underway to determine the motive behind the brutal killing. McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara told KWTX, “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.”
Sarah Elizabeth Hunt, 39, is employed at the Waco Independent School District as a fifth-grade social studies teacher. On the day of the shooting, she had picked up Garrett from a camper where he was staying with his father and was supposed to drive him to school, according to the affidavit. It also says that there was no else in the vehicle besides the accused and the victim. “We just don’t know at this point. It’s a very sad, tragic situation, I don’t know how else to describe it. We’re going to be working overtime trying to sort this one out,” McNamara added.
She reportedly met two people at the Riesel Square after the shooting and sought their help in desperation saying her son was “with her mother in heaven”. She further said “What have I done… this is not real.” And when questioned about what actually happened, she would say, “I didn’t mean to, I didn’t mean to,” sobbing. Hunt’s vehicle was spotted by a passerby. He alerted the Riesel police and reported Hunt’s white minivan on a roadside just before 8 am on November 9 near the Lions Club facility at 1270 East Frederick St. The authorities found multiple .04 caliber cartridge cases on the driver’s side floor, a pistol and a magazine along with Garrett's dead body that had multiple gunshot wounds.
The affidavit said, “When law enforcement found the vehicle, all the doors were closed, the windows were rolled up, and the vehicle was running.” According to sources, Hunt’s son was not enrolled in Riesel school but may have been on his way for his first day. Hunt has been on the run since the shooting and Waco ISD Superintendent Brandon Cope wrote in an email, “We have been working with Riesel PD on this matter and the person in question had not started school here. We will cooperate fully with the investigation. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all involved.”
The Tipsy Lion Bar and Grill has set up a donation bucket for Garrett’s funeral expenses. He is identified as their “recent former employee”. Their Facebook post states, “Garrett was a well rounded young man. Very respectful and a hard worker. Those that knew him are very saddened at his sudden loss. You can find donation buckets set up at Fillin Station & The Tipsy Lion. Any bit helps.”