SMITHVILLE, Texas (KXAN) – Smithville police are investigating a series of shootings that left two people dead Sunday afternoon.
Smithville Police Chief Rudy Supak says the suspect shot and killed a 42-year-old man in a pickup truck. The suspect then went to his nearby home and shot his 38-year-old wife, injuring her, before turning the gun on himself, Supak said.
At about 1:45 Sunday afternoon, Smithville PD officers were dispatched to the alleyway behind the 7-11 store at the intersection of 3rd Street and Short Street. Police found a Hispanic man shot multiple times in the driver’s seat of his truck. A responding police officer attempted CPR, but the victim died. The victim had crashed his truck into First Baptist Church, which is located directly behind 7-11.
David Ebner lives not even a block from the convenience store. He was in his back yard with his son working in their garden, when they hear the gunshots. He looked across the street and watched as a truck accelerated across the alley and crashed into the wall of the church. Before police had gotten there, he ran over and did what he could to help the man in the drivers seat, who’d been shot.
“I took off my shirt to put pressure on the wounds,” said Ebner, “At that time I noticed two on his arms and one on his lower back.”
About ten minutes later, a firefighter radioed police, reporting the sound of gunshots at a home in the 200 block of Bunte Street. Police found a Hispanic man dead from self-inflicted gunshot wounds.
They also discovered a woman who was shot multiple times inside the home. She was flown to UMC – Brackenridge where she was reported to be in stable condition following surgery.
Police have not released the identities of the suspect or victims, but the suspect and injured woman were married. They say they are working to determine the connection between the suspect and the deceased victim.
“It’s like, Lord, what is going on here?” said Ebner, “This is too close for comfort.”
The 42-year-old suspect and his wife have children. They are being cared for by family members, Supak said.