Armed gunman on loose; East Texas school remains on modified lockdown


UPDATE: Commerce Police Department:

COMMERCE (KYTX) — On October 4, 2012 shortly after 11a.m., the Commerce Police Department received a call from the Hunt Regional Hospital about a man sitting on a bench with a pistol. The man described as a white male, believed to be in his 20's with dark spiked hair was wearing a wind breaker type blue jacket and blue jeans.

The hospital an adjacent nursing home and all Commerce ISD schools were placed on lockdown. Responding Commerce Police Officers assisted by Texas A&M Officers searched the area on foot and in vehicles in the neighborhood but were unable to locate the suspected gunman.

According to the witness, the suspected man had been sitting in a non threatening manner with the pistol on the bench. All facilities were contacted and have resumed normal operations.

The Commerce Elementary School continues to be on a modified lockdown and Commerce Police Officers will be patrolling the immediate area just as a precautionary measure.



COMMERCE (KYTX) - Commerce Police Department responded to a call around 11 a.m. Thursday in regards to reports of a man sitting on a bench with a pistol at his side outside of Hunt Regional Hospital.

Officers arrived within minutes of the call but the man was gone.

Commerce Police tell CBS 19 that the suspect is described as 5'10" and in his early 20s with dark spiked hair wearing a blue shirt with blue jeans.


Community Resources Officer Alex Suarez tells us officers remain in the area searching for the suspect and Commerce Elementary school remains on modified lockdown as a precaution.


Commerce ISD notified parents through their Facebook page.


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