Baseball Player Shot While He Was in Bullpen

Texas has a long history of guns. But guns and baseball are seldom said in the same sentence. All that has changed. 

At 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, an 18-year-old Texas A&M- college baseball player was hit in the chest with a stray bullet during a game played in Texarkana.

The A&M player was shot while standing in the bullpen in a game at the George Dobson Field at Spring Lake Park against the University of Houston-Victoria.

The game was suspended as a result of the shooting. 

The college player was reportedly in stable condition on Sunday after surgery he received on Saturday.

Citizens called police about shots being fired on Lynda Street west of Spring Lake Park, and the call came in about the A&M player. 

Texarkana Police ascertained the two events were linked and that the bullet came from a nearby neighborhood where two suspects had a dispute that resulted in a shootout. The errant shot traveled about 400 yards before striking the A&M player. 

The two shooters were identified as Kamauri Butler (17) and Demarco Banks (20) following a preliminary investigation. Felony warrants have been issued for the two suspects. 

Several spent shell casings were discovered by investigators at a house on Lynda Street, and search warrants for several cars were issued. 

Banks turned himself into the police the following Monday, and Butler also turned himself in on Tuesday, May 2, following the shooting.

Three men were also arrested at the scene of the shooting. Yankeengea Smith (49) charged with passion of a controlled substance and firearm possession. Nathan Moore (19) marijuana possession and tampering with evidence. Marcell Beaver (19) marijuana possession.

A shooting at the Congressional baseball game took place on June 14, 2017, where US House Majority Leader Steve Scalise and five others were shot by 66-year-old James Hodgkinson. 

After a 10-minute shootout between the shooter and Capital Police, Hodgkinson was shot and died later at George Washington University Hospital.