Three people were shot and two died in two separate incidents less than two miles apart on a violent Wednesday afternoon in Texas City.
In the first, which happened about 12:17 p.m., five people got into a physical altercation at the Mainland Express gas station in the 8500 block of Emmett F. Lowry Expressway, Texas City Police Department spokesman Senior Officer Lorenzo Manuel de la Garza said.
All five people fled the gas station on foot, de la Garza said.
The two people who were shot during the argument were found in a home in the 8500 block of Shiloh Street, he said.
Both were transported to the hospital. One person was declared dead at the hospital, he said.
As of 7 p.m., the hospitalized person was in stable condition, de la Garza said.
Police still were looking for two suspects and hadn’t made any arrests Wednesday evening, he said.
In a separate, second incident at 2:49 p.m. in the intersection of state Highway 3 and 25th Avenue North, a 67-year-old man was shot and transported to a University of Texas Medical Branch hospital where he was later pronounced dead, de la Garza said.
Two people were in custody but hadn’t been charged as of 7 p.m., he said.
The people had been on Highway 3 when the second shooting occurred, but police weren’t immediately sure whether the shooting had happened while they were driving, de la Garza said.
Police declined to release the names of the two people who died or those in custody Wednesday night.
The two shootings were not related, de la Garza said. Police still were investigating both incidents late Wednesday, he said.
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