UPDATE Aug. 1: Police have arrested 20-year-old Parrish Chee of Hobbs on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and shooting at a dwelling or occupied building. He is now held in the Lea County Detention Center on a $30,000 bond.
Provided by Lea County Sheriff's Office
The Lea County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting which occurred in the 2000 block of N. Bensing Road near Hobbs which left multiple Lea County residents injured.
Approximately 10:22 p.m., July 30th, the Lea County Communications Authority (LCCA) received a report of an individual who had been shot in the mouth. A second call received from another address in the same block reported the sounds of multiple gunshots and a white colored SUV was seen leaving the area.
Sheriff's deputies and Hobbs EMS subsequently responded to 2030 N. Bensing Road, where they found Karen Teel (49), Jerry Teel (24), Omar Gutierrez (23) and Joe David Delao (18) suffering various gunshot injuries. The injured were transported to Lea Regional Medical Center for emergency care.
Karen Teel, Omar Gutierrez and Joe David Delao were subsequently transferred to University Medical Center – Lubbock where Teel is being treated for gunshot wounds to the cheek, neck and arm. Gutierrez is being treated for a gunshot injury to his right hand. Delao is being treated for a gunshot injury to his lower back. All three are in stable condition as of this press release. Jeremy Teel was treated for a gunshot graze to the right side of his head at Lea Regional Hospital and released.
In the early morning hours of July 31, 2013, Sheriff's investigators and deputies served a search warrant at a residence in the 6900 block of N. Country Road in relation to this shooting. Four individuals were located who are believed to have knowledge or some connection to the shooting.