UPDATE: Suspect in Palestine HS shooting identified

Palestine PD: One shot during basketball game at Palestine High School

PALESTINE (KYTX) - Authorities identified the suspect in Friday's shooting as 63-year-old Bobby Burrell of Teague.

He is in the Anderson County Jail on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon with bonds totaling $250,000.

The investigation in to the incident is ongoing.        

PALESTINE (KYTX) - A shooting at Palestine High School Friday night left one person injured and the suspected shooter behind bars.

Authorities say no students were ever involved.

Palestine Police responded to calls of shots fired in the parking lot around 6:15 p.m. on Feb. 26.

Kristi Beard, a Teague ISD bus driver, told CBS19 she was driving into the Palestine High School parking lot when all she could see was flashing police lights.

"I told the girls to get down on the floorboard because I didn't know what was going on," Beard said.

Police say a shooting in the school's parking lot was the result of a fight between to adults from Teague who were in Palestine for the Teague vs. Malakoff basketball game.

Captain James Muniz with the Palestine Police Department said that's when one man shot a 63-year-old man in the upper arm and police rushed to the scene.

Muniz said the victim was sent to Palestine Regional Medical Center with what was originally reported as non-life threatening injuries but was transported to a Tyler hospital for additional treatment. 

The suspect also assaulted a 59-year-old woman, whom was with the male victim, by striking her in the head with the handgun after the gun reportedly malfunctioned.

Police believe the suspect and female victim had a prior relationship.

"Our officers responded appropriately," Muniz said. "They got here as quick as they could. Our response time was extremely well. They got the situation under control as soon as they got here."

Witnesses flagged down Chief Stacy Hillhouse with the Malakoff ISD Police Department and she was able to detain the suspect.

The suspect is a 63-year-old male from Teague. He was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and booked into the Anderson Co. Jail. Additional charges of deadly conduct are pending. 

During the investigation, it was determined several shots were fired in the parking lot and additional rounds struck a passenger vehicle with adults and children as they were driving in the parking lot. No on was injured in the vehicle. 

Both Muniz and Beard say they're shocked it happened on a school campus but are glad no students were injured.

"It could've turned out a lot worse than what it did," Beard said.

Palestine Police Department patrol officers and members of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department were able to secure the scene until members of the Detective Division could arrive to process any evidence related to the incident.

The names of the victims are being withheld at this time. The suspect’s name will be released after he has been arraigned.

“It was very fortunate that there were not additional injuries or victims as a result of the incident, as Palestine High School was hosting regional playoff basketball games at their facility," Muniz said. “Our officers responded in a very timely manner. They did a great job securing the scene as well as dealing with the suspect, amid all of the chaos.”


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