WFPD Investigating Seven Shootings In 24 Hours Last Weekend

WFPD Investigating Seven Shootings In 24 Hours Last Weekend

The sound of gunshots filled the night sky in Wichita Falls over the weekend, as seven shootings took place in a 24 hour span.

"It was definitely a busy weekend," WFPD Officer Jeff Hughes said Monday. 

The "weekend" began early Friday morning, when police found bullet holes in the walls of four rooms at the Broad Street Motel 6.

Then, at 7:30pm, two suspects fired eight shots at a man at the America's Best Value Inn. The 19 year old victim sustained gunshot wounds to the leg and torso. He was rushed to the hospital, and at last check he is stable.

Police say this shooting sparked five other drive-by shootings across Wichita Falls. 

An hour after the shooting on at the Inn on Maurine Street, officials found a vehicle with bullet holes on Airport Drive & Highway 325.

Shortly after, gunfire hit apartments on Professional Drive, and eight to ten shots were fired near a home on Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard and Oriole Street. 

The gunshots continued at the Brentwood Timberlane Apartments on Maplewood, and finally ended at a home on Bandera Street early Saturday morning. 

"It's been quite a wile since we've had that many [shootings] in such a short period," Officer Hughes said. "It's very rare." 

Officer Hughes described the spike in shootings as an isolated incident, and doesn't think this past weekend in the falls represents a trend. 

"The general public had nothing to be worried about," Hughes explained. "It appeared that all seven shootings were related. They were not random. The individuals were targeted."

Officers were able to locate both a car and a gun, both believed to have been used in some of the shootings. There is hope that the two items can lead police to the suspects, but the evidence is still being processed. 

All seven incidents are still under investigation.

Besides the shooting at America's Best Value Inn, no one else was injured in the seven shootings. 

Stay with Newschannel 6 as we continue to follow last weekend's spike in shootings

Dave Caulfield, Newschannel 6