FROM THE PALESTINE POLICE DEPARTMENT:
On September 21st, 2013, at approximately 1622 Hrs, Officers were dispatched to the 1000 block of S. Magnolia in reference to a shooting that had just occurred.
Upon arrival, officers were advised that a 20 year old male subject, whose identity is being withheld pending treatment, had been shot one time in front of a residence, and was being transported to the hospital by family members.
Officers learned during the initial investigation that a identified18 year old suspect, who as a passenger, had been being driven by the scene in a blue Chevrolet pickup, fired multiple shots from within the vehicle with a small caliber firearm, striking the victim at least once, who standing near another vehicle at the residence.
The suspect vehicle fled northbound away from the scene. Surrounding agencies were notified of the offense. The identified suspect and two other possible involved parties were detained by Anderson County Sheriff's Office Deputies for questioning regarding the offense in the area of Anderson CR 336, in Neches.
Officers received information that the motive for the shooting may have been tied to a disturbance occurring during the previous 24 hours regarding the suspect accusing the victim of the theft of his girlfriend's cellular telephone.
At last report, the victim was being care-flown Trinity Mother Francis due to his injuries. His current condition is unknown at the time of the press release.
Additional press releases may follow on Sunday September 22nd, pending the continuing investigation.