Camp Lejeune, Courtesy: WRAL-TV
William M. Welch, USA TODAY
Authorities say Marine from Camp Lejeune was killed and a sheriff wounded after a central Texas gunbattle with police ended a shooting spree that left one other person dead and five injured.
The suspected gunman was identified as Esteban J. Smith, 23, who was stationed at the Marine Corps base in North Carolina, the Texas Department of Public Safety said in a statement Monday.
He was declared dead following a shootout with authorities in Concho County, the department said.
Concho County Sheriff Richard Doane was being treated for non-life threatening injuries at Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo, Texas, Department of Public Safety spokesman Tom Vinger said in a written statement.
The events began around 4:30 a.m. Sunday when shots were fired on a vehicle in the Eden area, leaving a woman injured and hospitalized in San Angelo, the department said. She was reported to have suffered non-life threatening injuries.
A short time later, two people were wounded when they were fired upon as they sat in their vehicle at a convenience store in Brady, in McCulloch County. They were treated and released.
Texas authorities say they believe the suspect fired at another vehicle around 5:30 a.m., wounding one person. Shortly after 6 a.m., a woman was found shot to death in her car in Eola, Texas, by officers responding to calls that gunshots were heard. She was identified as Alicia Torres, 41.
Doane reported encountering the suspect a short time later on highway U.S. 83 north of Eden, and that the suspect opened fire, wounding the sheriff.
Highway Patrol troopers and a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game warden arrived on the scene to assist and exchanged gunfire with the suspect, the department said.
An assault rifle, a handgun and hundreds of rounds of ammunition were recovered, it said.
The Concho County sheriff's department referred inquiries to the Department of Public Safety.
According to the Associated Press the marine was wanted for questioning in a North Carolina homicide in Jacksonville.