Esteban Smith, a 23-year-old U.S. Marine who was wanted in connection with a North Carolina murder, has been identified as the gunman responsible for a shooting spree in West Texas that killed one and wounded five others
Smith, who was based out of North Carolina's Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base, was killed in a shootout with a state trooper and a state game warden shortly after the 90-minute murderous shooting rampage, according to Tom Vinger, Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman.
Marine Corps spokesman, Master Sergeant JD Cress, also confirmed that authorities are investigating a possible link between the Eden, TX shooting and a Jacksonville, N.C. murder that occurred near Camp Lejeune over the weekend.
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According to UPI.com, a woman's body found Sunday at a motel in Jacksonville, N.C.
During the Eden, TX shooting spree, the active duty Marine had apparently shot vehicles at random
, reported CBS News.
The rampage began at about 4:30 a.m. Sunday morning, when Smith allegedly shot two people in a parked car before proceeding to an area convenient store and shooting another two individuals in a car.
One hour later, Smith shot a fifth victim, before shooting and wounding Concho County Sheriff Richard Doane shortly after 6 a.m.
After Smith was killed by state troopers, authorities found one of the victims, 41-year-old Alicia Torres, shot to death in her car.
Three people have been treated for their wounds at local hospitals
and subsequently discharged, the Minnesota Star Tribune reports.
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The remaining two shooting victims, one of whom is Concho County Sheriff Richard Doane, are still hospitalized with non-life-threatening wounds.
Authorities recovered an assault rifle, handgun and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in Smith's car, according to Texas' Department of Public Safety.
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