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Texas Shooting Suspect Wanted For Questioning in East Coast Homicide

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

EDEN, Texas (AP) -- Officials say a Marine suspected in a string of West Texas shootings that left one person dead and five wounded was sought for questioning in a North Carolina homicide.

Master Sgt. Jonathan Cress at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base, N.C., said Monday that the Marine was wanted for questioning in a homicide in nearby Jacksonville, N.C.

The Texas Department of Public Safety identified the man as 23-year-old Esteban J. Smith of the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base.

In a statement Monday, DPS spokesman Tom Vinger says Smith later died in a gunfight with an agency trooper and a state game warden. Authorities say the Texas shootings seemed to be random.

One of the people injured was a sheriff who is hospitalized with non-life threatening wounds.


Associated Press Release

EDEN, Texas (AP) -- Authorities say a man suspected in a West Texas shooting rampage that left one woman dead and five others wounded was stationed a Marine base in North Carolina.

The Texas Department of Public Safety identified the man as 23-year-old Esteban J. Smith of the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base.

In a statement Monday, Department of Public Safety spokesman Tom Vinger says Smith later died in a gunfight with an agency trooper and a state game warden.

Six others were shot, one fatally, in the roaming rampage across the West Texas rolling plains.

Three people were treated for their wounds in hospitals and discharged. Two others, including Concho County Sheriff Richard Doane, remained hospitalized with non-life-threatening wounds.

Camp Lejeune officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment Monday.


Associated Press Release

EDEN, Texas (AP) -- Two people are dead and five injured, including a sheriff, after a gunman in Central Texas opened fire on several vehicles, apparently at random, authorities said.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said the gunman is among the dead. His identity was not released Monday, but authorities said he was a 23-year-old North Carolina resident.

DPS said the shootings began about 4:30 a.m. Sunday when the gunman shot a motorist in the Eden area in Concho County, about 40 miles southeast of San Angelo. Over the next 90 minutes, he's suspected of shooting two people who were sitting in a car at a convenience store in McCulloch County and then another motorist back in adjacent Concho County.

Shortly after 6 a.m., a 41-year-old woman, Alicia Torres, was found dead in her car in Eola, just east of San Angelo.

The suspect fired on the vehicle of Concho County Sheriff Richard Doane when the sheriff came upon him north of Eden, according to DPS. Doane was wounded in the gunfire and hospitalized.

A state trooper and game warden came upon the scene and exchanged gunfire with the suspect, who was killed.

An assault rifle, handgun and hundreds of rounds of ammunition were recovered, DPS said.

Concho County authorities deferred comment Monday to the DPS office in Austin. Phone messages left there were not immediately returned.


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