Suspect to be charged with murder, 2 dead in Gaines Co. quadruple shooting

Suspect to be charged with murder, 2 dead in Gaines Co. quadruple shooting

SEMINOLE, TX (KCBD) - Two of the four victims in Saturday's shootings in Gaines County have died and the suspect has been served with an attempted capital murder charge. He is now expected to also be charged with murder.

According to the Seminole Police Department, 51-year-old Ernest Shelton died from his injuries Sunday evening and Patricia Baze Marquez died Monday afternoon. Shelton was shot in the parking lot of Perika's in Seminole and Marquez was shot at the second scene at a house on Hwy. 385.

Police say 46-year-old Miguel Diaz is listed in critical but stable condition, and another woman who has not been identified was shot in the hand.

The first shooting happened at Perika's at 116 S. Main in Seminole. When officers arrived at the shooting, they found two men had been shot. Several witnesses told police the shooter was 31-year-old Jacob R. Groening.

A short time later, another shooting was reported in the area of 379 N. Hwy. 385. During that shooting, two women were shot. Police officials believe Groening was the shooter.

The Gaines County Sheriff's Office says a woman walked into their office at about 11:54 p.m. Saturday night with a gunshot wound to the hand.

She told deputies her step-mother was shot, too. Deputies and Seagraves EMS were dispatched to the 300 block of U.S. HWY 385 North, that's where they found a woman with a gunshot wound to the head.

The Gaines County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division started pinging Groening's cell phone and that led investigators to his home.

Authorities say they received a search warrant for his home. Gaines County Sheriff's Office deputies and officers with the Seminole Police Department made a tactical entry into his home.

Seminole Police says Groening is charged with one count of aggravated assault. Officials are currently filing murder and attempted murder charges against Groening.

Investigators say the weapon they believe was used in the shooting spree was found and collected as evidence along with Groening's cell phone and extra ammunition.

Groening was served an attempted capital murder charge on Monday according to the Seminole Police Department.

Authorities say Groening was taken into custody through teamwork between the Seminole Police Department, Gaines County Sheriff's Office and the Odessa Police Department.

The investigation is still on-going.

There is no word at this time what led to the shooting.

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