Cherokee Co.: Shooting an isolated incident, not random attack

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 5:03pm

Rusk, Tx (FOX 51) — Authorities are still investigating Tuesday's perplexing shooting that involved a Rusk State Hospital employee.
Garrett Scott Curtis, 22, of Alto, was undergoing a new employee orientation program when he left lunch. After returning from his break, the victim told hospital workers that he had to meet someone and left again, according to the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office.
At around 12:30 p.m., he arrived at the hospital with a gunshot wound to his upper torso. Officials say he drove himself back.
Hospital employees immediately called for an ambulance and he was flown to a Tyler medical center and placed in the Intensive Care Unit.
Deputies are pursuing any leads they get from the victim and witnesses to the incident.
An investigator was able to speak to Curtis for a short time in a Tyler hospital, but because of the medications being administered, the interview was cut short. The victim has agreed to meet with police following his release.
Detectives were able to gather from Curtis that he had been involved in a dispute with several people in another county recently, and the shooting was made in retaliation to the previous incident.
Authorities believe the shooting was an isolated incident and not a random attack.
Officials will release more information as it becomes available.


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