Shelby County authorities investigating shooting

Shelby County authorities investigating shooting

CENTER, TX (KTRE) - Two people are in a Panola County hospital following a shooting two miles north of Center.

According to Sheriff Willis Blackwell, the Shelby County Sheriff's office received a call around 11:38 a.m. Thursday  in reference to a shooting.

"We had a man call that said he was shot while driving his car home," Blackwell said. "They were from Burleson and were visiting a family member in Hemphill."

Blackwell said according to the victim he was driving with a 17-year-old male, a 12-year-old male and a 7-year-old female. The victim told authorities they were driving north on Highway 96 when they approached a 4-door white sedan.

"The victim stated he tried to pass the white car as it slowed down," Blackwell said. "As he got even with the car, the driver of the car rolled down the window and pulled out a shotgun and fired a shotgun round into the Suburban."

Blackwell said the shotgun round fired was filled bird shot and struck the 40-year-old victim and 17-year-old passenger in the face and head.

"They were both walking around when we got there," Blackwell said. "They seemed alert."

Both injured males were transported to a Carthage hospital.

The shooter is described as a black male wearing a do-rag. According to Blackwell, the suspect was last seen traveling north on Highway 96, possibly towards Tenaha. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Shelby County Sheriff's office at (936) 598-5600.

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