Shelby Co. Sheriff's deputies arrest suspect in Hwy 96 shooting incident

Shelby Co. Sheriff's deputies arrest suspect in Hwy 96 shooting incident

SHELBY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office have arrested a suspect in a shooting incident that occurred on State Highway 96 about two miles north of Center Thursday that resulted in two people being sent to a Carthage hospital.

Marcus Hill, 33, of Shelbyville, is still being held in the Shelby County Jail on two first-degree felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges. Collectively, his bail has been set at $150,000.

Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell declined to comment on what the motive might have been.

In a previous East Texas News story, Blackwell said 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 with bird shots 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.

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