Father, daughter in critical condition following shooting near Huntington

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - By Holley Nees - email

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A man and woman were injured from gunshot wounds after law enforcement learned the man called his wife and told her he shot his daughter and was about to shoot himself.

Sheriff Kent Henson said the man, John Bruce Thornton, 69, was sitting on the porch with injuries and surrendered to law enforcement.

"He just called his wife and said, 'I shot my 36-year-old daughter, now I'm going to shoot myself," Henson said.

Both Thornton and his daughter, Mary Ellen Thornton, were transported by helicopter to a Tyler hospital with gunshot wounds to the neck. They were listed in critical condition at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

First responders and emergency crews were dispatched out to the scene Wednesday night on Bruce Thornton Road in Angelina County, just outside the Huntington city limits, around 7:15 p.m.

Emergency workers started moving down Bruce Thornton Road as they overheard talking a male with a possible gunshot wound to the neck.

At about 9:10 p.m., a man was moved from an ambulance to a medical helicopter, which flew from the scene.

A second helicopter arrived on the scene before 9:30 p.m. to transport the woman.

Angelina County Sheriffs Office, Lufkin Fire and EMS workers, Huntington Police and Volunteer Fire Department, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, and Ora Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene.

Sheriff's investigators recovered a .22 magnum rifle from the scene.

Henson said deputies were called out to the house in June 2009 when John Thornton suffered a gunshot wound. However, he refused to disclose information on how he got the injury. Thornton was the only person at the house at that time.

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