Two Fatalities From Shooting Spree in Texas
Authorities report that a lone gunman in Concho County, Texas managed to kill one woman and injure four others before he was killed in a shootout with local police offers.
According to the Huff Post, the 23-year old man, who police have not yet identified pending notification of his family members in North Carolina, allegedly shot at individuals on a random basis while riding in his truck. His shooting spree proved fatal to 41-year old Alice Torres who was found dead in her automobile after being struck by one of the gunman’s bullets.
Four other individuals, including a member of the local sheriff’s department, were also wounded in the melee. The suspected gunman began his rampage early Sunday morning by firing into occupied vehicles shortly before sunrise, sending his first victim to the hospital. He continued on his violent shooting spree, attacking several other people who were also in their cars, the Texas Department of Public Safety said in a statement.
According to MSNBC, The victims included Alicia Torres, 41, who was shot to death in her car in the town of Eola, and Concho County Sheriff Richard Doane, who was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo.
After shooting and injuring Sheriff Richard Doane, both Texas game wardens and Highway Patrol officers engaged in a shootout with the young man which resulted in his death.
Investigators belive this to be the timeline of events:
The gunman first opened fire about 4:30 a.m. local time (5:30 a.m. ET) on a vehicle in the Eden area of Concho County, hitting a woman who remained in Shannon Medical Center on Sunday night. Her condition wasn’t reported.
He then made his way to a convenience story in Brady, in McCulloch County, where he shot and injured two people as they sat in their vehicle. They were treated and released.
The gunman then turned around and headed back to Eden, where he fired at another vehicle at about 5:30 a.m. That victim was also treated and released.
Just after 6 a.m., Concho County sheriff’s deputies responding to a call of shots fired in Eola found Torres dead in her car.
About 15 minutes later, Doane, the sheriff, caught up with the truck north of Eden on U.S. Highway 83. As state troopers arrived to assist, the suspect fired and wounded Doane.
That started the shootout, with a state trooper and a game warden who’d showed up to help exchanging gunfire with the suspect. The man was shot and died at the scene, authorities said.
There was no word on the status of the four injured individuals, other than reports that their injuries were not life threatening. Police gave no indication as to why the young man fired on complete strangers.
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