TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Police say the Marine suspected in a shooting rampage that zigzagged across the western part of Texas, and left one woman dead, is believed to have killed his wife in North Carolina before heading west.
The body of Rubi Estefania Smith was found Sunday afternoon in a motel near the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base. Investigators believe Rubi Smith died from a knife wound. The woman was the wife of Esteban J. Smith, who was killed that same day in a gunfight with a Texas Highway Patrol trooper and a state game warden.
The Texas shootings began about 4:30 a.m. Sunday, when suspect Smith allegedly shot a female motorist in the Eden area of Concho County, about 210 miles southwest of Dallas. The woman was hospitalized with non-life-threatening wounds.
Over the next 90 minutes, two more people were shot while sitting in a car at a convenience store about 50 miles east in adjacent McCulloch County. According to Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) spokesman Tom Vinger, both were treated for their wounds and released from a hospital.
Shortly after 6 a.m., Alicia Torres, 41, was found dead in her car in Eola, about 60 miles west of McCulloch County, near San Angelo.
Authorities say Smith fired on the vehicle of Concho County Sheriff Richard Doane when the sheriff came upon him north of Eden. Doane was wounded in the gunfire and hospitalized with non-life-threatening wounds. A state trooper and game warden arrived at the scene and exchanged gunfire with Smith, who was shot and killed.
Vinger said an assault rifle, handgun and hundreds of rounds of ammunition were recovered from Smith’s vehicle.
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