|Drug-related shooting under investigation|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
Dec. 12, 2005 - Police Monday morning continued an investigation into what was believed to be a “drug-related shooting” which resulted in one person undergoing surgery for a gunshot wound.
Although investigators declined to release the identity of the injured person, officers said the victim did undergo surgery early Sunday morning and is expected to make a full recovery.
Police were first alerted around midnight Saturday that someone had been shot by hospital personnel, who by law are required to report to authorities any time a person seeks medical attention for a gunshot would, according to Sulphur Springs Police investigator David Gilmore.
Officers went to the hospital to speak with a person who had been shot in the abdomen.
A joint investigation was launched by SSPD, Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office and Red River Valley Drug Task Force as the offense was initially thought to have occurred in the county, but further investigation revealed the shooting occurred in Sulphur Springs and was thought to have involved drugs.
Neither the injured person, nor others determined to have either been involved or present at the time of the shooting were cooperative with police. Ultimately, one of the people involved indicated the person was shot in a “drug-related incident at a drug dealer’s residence,” according to Gilmore.
During the course of the investigation early Sunday morning, officials learned that all parties involved were involved in criminal activity either by possessing or transporting drugs, according to the investigator.
The investigation into the incident was ongoing Monday.