Saturday, February 27, 2010

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Deputies arrest suspect in Wednesday shooting

GUADALUPE COUNTY — A 30-year-old Guadalupe County resident was arrested on an aggravated assault allegation early Thursday in the shooting of a Hays County man.

Mario Natal was booked into Guadalupe County jail on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

If proved at trial, the allegation is a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Bail had not been set on Natal Thursday evening.

Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Investigator Sgt. Bruce Tubbs said San Marcos police called Seguin at about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday to report they’d pulled a 32-year-old Hays County resident over on Interstate 35 and found he was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

“He was travelling down the interstate in an erratic manner,” Tubbs said of the reason for the traffic stop. “San Marcos said they would be taking him to Brackenridge Hospital in Austin, and that they didn’t know exactly where the shooting had occurred.”

The victim, who Tubbs did not identify, was recovering from his wounds Thursday evening and was listed in stable condition.

Investigation revealed the shooting had occurred in Guadalupe County, and sheriff’s deputies who went to a residence off Aspen Street in Redwood called in Tubbs and Investigator Mark Reyes late Wednesday night.

“We were able to locate a crime scene, processed that crime scene, and were able to get some leads on a suspect,” said Tubbs, who worked most of the night. “We were able to interview the suspect, and during the investigation, it was indicated that he was the individual who had shot our victim.”

Tubbs didn’t offer a motive for the shooting or say precisely where it was believed by investigators to have occurred.

He said investigation was still under way Thursday night, and would continue today.