UPDATE: One victim identified in Shelby County triple shooting; suspect still on the loose

Friday, April 27, 2012 - 12:20pm

Joaquin, Tx — Liberty County officials confirm Bobby Grubbs was arrested by Montgomery County authorities at the intersection of US 59 and State Hwy .105.

Bobby Grubbs wife, 38-year old Deedra Grubbs, was also taken into custody.

One of the victims has been identified by family members as 69-year old Sam Watts.

Watts is a long-time employee of the city of Joaquin. He is now retired and was working as a maintenance worker at the Joaquin Country Inn.

Relatives say Mr. Watts is currently undergoing surgery in Shreveport.

Authorities continue to search for the shooter, Bobby Grubbs.

A manhunt is underway following a triple shooting in Shelby County.

The incident happened at around 9:30 a.m. at the Joaquin Country Inn.

According to Shelby County Sheriff Newton Johnson, the shooter, 42-year old Bobby Grubbs, shot three, killing one, a Hispanic woman in her 40s. The other two, including the hotel's manager, were flown to a Shreveport hospital in critical condition. All three were shot in the same room.

Officials believe he is headed toward Louisiana, but a specific location is not known.

Shelby county authorities, Texas state troopers and the Texas Rangers are on scene investigating.

The motive for the shooting is unknown at this time.

Sheriff Johnson tells KFXK Grubbs was also involved in a Conroe home invasion less than 48 hours ago.

Area schools including Joaquin, Shelbyville, Center, Timpson, Tenaha and Excelsior are on lockdown.


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