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Officials seeking suspect after Gladewater High student shot

By Robyn Claridy rclaridy@news-journal.com
Jan. 9, 2012 at 5:56 a.m.

A 16-year-old Gladewater High School student is in stable condition after being shot in the face this past weekend by another student.

Gladewater Police Chief Farrell Alexander said officers were dispatched to Weldon Bumble Bee Park on South Main Street around 12:20 a.m. Saturday in connection to a report of multiple shots fired in the area.

Alexander said while officers were responding, another caller reported a gunshot wound victim at the Valero Gas Station near the intersection of U.S. 80 and Lee Street.

"The victim was able to say who shot him and give us a little information about what was going on," Alexander said.

He said the police department is working with Gladewater ISD to make sure they have identified the correct suspected shooter, because they had a few people with the same name in their system. Alexander said they were also working with the Gregg County District Attorney's Office to get a warrant issued for the suspect's arrest.

Alexander said he hopes to have the arrest warrant issued by the end of the day.

"We're told there was some sort of feud going on between them. Right now, we're trying to determine the motive, why he was going after (the victim), what they were fighting about and what disagreement started this," Alexander said.

Good Shepherd Medical Center officials said the victim was listed in stable condition as of this afternoon.



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