Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman said Monday that two people were still undergoing treatment after being shot at close range in an incident that occurred on Friday afternoon west of Jasper.
Newman for the first time, identified the victims of the incident as William Cobb and Allen Brown, both of Jasper, who he said had apparently shot each other as the result of an altercation or disagreement between the two.
Officers and other emergency crews were dispatched to Brown's home on Farm to Market Road 2800 shortly before 3:00 when it was reported that the incident had occurred and arrived to find Brown laying in the front yard suffering from a gunshot wound to his shoulder.
Newman said that as officers were helping to load Brown into an ambulance to be rushed to the hospital, word came that Cobb, who was suffering from a gunshot wound to his stomach, had been brought to the emergency room at Christus Jasper Memorial Hospital.
According to Newman, Brown was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Houston and Cobb was flown to hospital in Beaumont. He said both were still undergoing treatment and were reported to be in guarded condition.
Shortly after the shooting occurred, officer converged on a vehicle in the 300 block of Springhill Street, behind Jasper Saw and Mower. Jasper County Precinct 2 Constable Niles Nichols, who was one of the officers on the scene, said they believed a Chevrolet Camaro at that location had been involved in the shooting. However, it is not known what part the vehicle played in the incident.
Newman said the incident was still under investigation and that it was believed that three or more other people might have been involved.
Newman said that so far there had been no charged filed in connection with the incident but he expected that to change in the near future.