Two people were killed and five injured after a gunman in Texas shot at several vehicles,apparently at random,authorities said.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) said yesterday the gunman was among the dead and identified him as 23-year-old Esteban J. Smith of the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base.
DPS said the shootings began early Sunday when the gunman shot a motorist. Over the next 90 minutes,he was suspected of shooting two people who were sitting in a car at a convenience store and then another motorist. Then a 41-year-old woman,Alicia Torres,was found dead in her car.
The suspect fired on the vehicle of Concho County Sheriff Richard Doane when the sheriff came upon him,according to DPS. Doane was wounded and hospitalised.
A state trooper and game warden then found and exchanged gunfire with the suspect,who was killed.
An assault rifle,handgun and hundreds of rounds of ammunition were recovered,DPS said.
Concho County authorities deferred comment Monday to the DPS office in Austin. Phone messages left there were not immediately returned.