Boy, 17, wanted, 4 others arrested after 18-year-old Texas baseball player shot in chest
By Owais Farooqi
TEXARKANA, TEXAS: A 17-year-old suspect is wanted on felony charges while four others have been arrested after an 18-year-old baseball player in Texas was shot in the chest by a stray bullet during a game on Saturday, May 1. The incident happened at 5.30 pm at George Dobson Field in Texarkana near the Texas-Arkansas border when the 18-year-old was standing in the bullpen.
The Texas A&M-Texarkana player, whose identity has not been revealed, was facing off against the University of Houston-Victoria when gunfire erupted, per New York Post. Texarkana Texas Police Department said, “It appears that he was struck by a stray bullet from some altercation in a nearby neighborhood to the west of the park. He was taken to St Michael Hospital where he underwent surgery and is reported to be in stable condition.”
Butler turned himself in and Kamauri still wanted
Police named the suspects Kamauri Butler, 17, and Demarco Banks, 20, and issued felony arrest warrants for Butler and Banks for aggravated assault and deadly conduct, respectively as both had fled the scene. Although Butler, who turned himself in was booked into Bi-Sate Jail while a manhunt for Kamauri is still on. Three other individuals have been arrested in the case.
“We initially received several calls of shots fired on Lynda Street, which is in a neighborhood just west of Spring Lake Park. Moments later, we received a 911 call that a baseball player at the park had collapsed and may have been shot,” police said. They added, “We were able to almost immediately determine that the two incidents were related, so as some officers were at the ball field rendering aid to the victim, other officers were on Lynda Street looking for any evidence or witnesses.”
‘One of those errant rounds traveled about 400 yards and struck the innocent victim…’
Near the house’s front yard, the police found several shell casings. Police determined “an incident started as a disturbance there that lead to two men shooting at each other in front of the house. One of those errant rounds traveled about 400 yards and struck the innocent victim at the ball field.”
The game was in the fifth inning when the shooting occurred, the Texarkana Gazette reported. “The announcer said, ‘Shots fired! Shots fired,'” said a game attendee who asked not to be identified told the newspaper. The game was later called off and declared as “no contest” by the School.
Saturday’s baseball game vs UHV has been declared a “no contest” by the Red River Athletic Conference. | #GoEagles pic.twitter.com/19cQDR3Tic
— TAMUT Athletics (@TAMUT_Athletics) April 30, 2023
Three more suspects taken into custody
Both the Butler and Banks fled the area before police arrived, but when investigators acquired a search warrant for the house and several nearby vehicles, they were able to apprehend three other males who were there. Police booked Yankeengea Smith, 49, for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and two counts of possession of methamphetamine and Ecstasy pills; Nathan Moore, 19, for tampering with evidence and possession of marijuana, and Marcell Beaver, also 19, for possession of marijuana