[Update 6:30 p.m. EDT] The gunman has been identified as Esteban Smith, 23, a Marine stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C., the Texas Department of Public Safety said.
A gunman went on a shooting spree across two central Texas counties on Sunday, killing one person and wounding five others before he was killed in a shootout with law enforcement.
Authorities from nine state and local agencies pursued the unnamed suspect, a 23-year-old from North Carolina, for nearly two hours, NBC News reports. Throughout the chase, the man — whose name will not be released until his family is notified — opened fire on random cars in McCullough and Concho counties.
The spree began at 4:30 a.m., when the 23-year-old allegedly opened fire on a vehicle near Eden, wounding an unnamed woman, NBC News reports. Soon after, he wounded two people at a McCullough County convenience store, shooting them as they sat in their vehicle. The gunman then turned back toward Eden, randomly firing at another car at around 5:30 a.m. That car’s driver was treated at a hospital and released.
Around 6 a.m., Concho County deputies responded to reports of gunfire in Eola, discovering that Alicia Torres, 41, had been shot to death in her car, NBC News reports. About 15 minutes later, Concho County Sheriff Richard Doane caught up with the suspect’s truck on a highway north of the town of Eden. As Texas Rangers arrived to provide backup, the man fired and wounded Doane.
The 23-year-old’s shooting spree came to an end when he was killed in a gun battle with a Ranger and a game warden, the state Department of Public Safety said Sunday. After the shootout, police determined that the suspect had been armed with an assault-style rifle, a handgun, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, NBC News reports.
Authorities have yet to release any further details, NBC News reports. However, investigators did reveal that they are reviewing “multiple crime scenes.”