Two young men hospitalized following double-shooting

Investigators trying to identify masked assailants in apartment complex attack

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

August 19, 2008 - Sulphur Springs Police and Texas Rangers are actively investigating a double-shooting that sent two men to Hopkins County Memorial Hospital early this morning.

Two young men were taken to the hospital following the attack. Their conditions were unknown as of late Tuesday morning, according to Sulphur Springs Police Chief Jim Bayuk.

Very few details were available late Tuesday morning regarding the case, but Bayuk said investigators and Texas Rangers are "actively tracking leads, trying to identify the suspects who entered the apartment with faces covered."

Officers first became involved in the case around 1 a.m. after receiving a report of a shooting at a local apartment complex. After arriving at the scene of the shooting, police found two gunshot victims, both males in their late teens to early 20s," the police chief said.

"Both victims were taken to the local hospital, condition unknown as of right now," Bayuk said at 9 a.m.

David Gilmore with SSPD's Criminal Investigation Division is the lead investigator in the case. Local police have requested assistance from the Texas Rangers. However, since Texas Ranger John Vance, who is assigned to Sulphur Springs and the surrounding area, is out of town, two Rangers from the Tyler area are assisting local police with the inquiry. Hopkins County Sheriff's Office is also assisting in the investigation.

"At this time, I have no further information to be released," Bayuk said this morning.

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