Suspect ID’d in Texas rampage
Monday, May 27, 2013
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 at 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 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 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.
Two people are dead and five injured, including a sheriff, after a gunman in Central Texas opened fire on several vehicles, apparently at random.
The shootings began about 4:30 a.m. Sunday when the gunman shot a motorist in the Eden area, 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 Doane when the sheriff came upon him north of Eden. 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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