Two injured in Rivercrest shooting

Kenneth Brown says he was shot at and the bullet grazed him.
Kenneth Brown says he was shot at and the bullet grazed him.

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

RIVERCREST COMMUNITY, TX (KTRE) - Two men were taken to a Lufkin hospital with non-life threatening injuries after what authorities say was a shooting involving two feuding groups in the Rivercrest community.

"I thought I was going to die because when I was running, I saw the gun pointed at me and I took off and when they fired I thought I got shot, but it went off beside me," said witness Barry Scott.

According to Lt. Bryan Holley with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office, a group of friends were walking on King River Road when a person from a home in which a family lived in, came out and began yelling at them.

Holley said a person from the family group began shooting with a 12-gauge shotgun at the group of friends and two men were injured -- one with a gunshot wound to the stomach and the other with gunshot wounds to the left ankle and thigh. A third person was grazed from a shot but did not need medical treatment.

"He was trying to shoot me in the back, when that old lady hollered out get the shotgun, well I figured then he done lost his mind," said alleged victim Kenneth Brown.

"Out in the Rivercrest area, we usually get pretty good cooperation from the people out here, for the most part," said Holley. "So, we thank them for that with the cooperation, but it is chaotic any time we go into a scene to this magnitude."

DPS troopers, Angelina County Sheriff's deputies and the FBI responded to the scene at 4:50 p.m.

Sheriff Kent Henson said Joe Benny Tubbs was taken into custody for questioning but has not yet been arrested.

Lt. Pete Cooper said Wednesday morning that nobody had been arrested in the shooting. However, jail records show Tubbs had been booked in the jail on three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Authorities have not yet released the names of the victims.

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