TEXARKANA, TEXAS – The Texarkana Texas Police Department is investigating reports of three separate shootings that occurred over the last weekend. None of the injuries were thought to be life threatening.
Officers responded to a report of a shooting victim at Wadley Regional Medical Center’s emergency room on Friday afternoon at 5:36. The 39 year old man, who had been shot once in the abdomen, had been transported to the hospital by his friends. Witnesses told officers that the shooting occurred in the 100 block of South Lelia Street after the victim and another man got into an argument over tire rims. However, the victim refused to cooperate with the investigation and denied having been at that location. He told officers that he had been jogging on New Boston Road when he suddenly felt a sharp pain in this side and realized that he had been shot. The investigation of the shooting continues at this point but is being hampered by the victim’s lack of cooperation. No arrests have been made in this case.
The second shooting was reported at 10:22 on Sunday morning when officers were dispatched to the emergency room at Christus St. Michael Hospital. A thirteen year old boy had been brought in by his mother with gunshot wounds to his hand and groin area. Detectives determined that the victim and two other juvenile males where playing video games when one of the other two boys started playing with a handgun. When it accidently discharged, the bullet travelled through his hand, a video game controller, and then became lodged in his pelvic area. Although not believed to life threatening, the nature of the victim’s injuries required that he be transported to a Dallas medical facility for treatment. No charges are expected in this case.
The third shooting occurred in the 300 block of Cheyenne Place at 9:49 on Sunday night. After officers were dispatched to a residence there, they located a sixteen year old male victim with a gunshot wound to his finger. He indicated that two juvenile males drove up beside him as he walked on Cheyenne Place. As part of a continuing dispute from earlier in the day between the juveniles, they accused the victim of stealing a firearm when he was at their home and demanded that he immediately return it. The victim stated that one of the juveniles in the truck shot him after a heated verbal exchange between the three of them. The victim was transported to Christus St. Michael Hospital for medical treatment. Officers located the suspects at their residence. No arrests have yet been made in this case, but it remains under investigation.
Anyone with information about any of these cases is asked to contact the Texarkana Texas Police Department at 903-798-3116 or CrimeStoppers at 903-793-STOP.