Gunman in Texas shooting spree was stationed at Marine base

Mon May 27, 2013 5:41pm EDT

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(Reuters) - A Texas gunman who killed one person and wounded five others before being shot to death by police was stationed at a North Carolina Marine base, the Texas Department of Public Safety said on Monday.

The gunman was identified as Esteban Smith, 23, who was stationed at Camp Lejeune, the agency said in a statement.

Camp Lejeune is home to several Marine Corps commands, including the 2nd Marine Division, and a Navy unit. A spokesman for the military base was not immediately available for comment.

Firing randomly from his pickup truck on Sunday, Smith killed a 41-year-old woman and wounded five people, including the county sheriff, in Concho County, about 250 miles southwest of Dallas, authorities said.

The gunman was killed in a shootout with a Highway Patrol trooper and a game warden who arrived to assist the sheriff, the statement said.

Authorities recovered an assault rifle, a handgun and hundreds of rounds of ammunition from Smith.

(Reporting by Ian Simpson in Washington; Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Peter Cooney)

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rclines01 wrote:
Reuters, for future reference, assault rifles are banned in the US. Have been since 1930′s. Semi-auto rifles are not assault rifles. Try to get that right in the future ok?

May 26, 2013 11:30pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
spartacus365 wrote:
this story makes no sense what so ever.

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LovesAmerica wrote:
These ramdon killings with assault rifles, handguns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition are getting to be an everyday occurrence, where it doesn’t even faze me anymore.

May 26, 2013 11:46pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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