TEXARKANA, TEXAS— On Saturday, April 29, 2023 around 5:30 p.m. a stray bullet from a disturbance on Lynda Avenue struck a Texarkana A&M University-Texarkana student-athlete during a baseball game taking place more than 400 yards away at George Dobson Field, authorities said.
The student athlete that was shot is red shirt freshman , Matthew Delaney who is from Princeton Tx. Delaney is in stable condition and recovering in the ICU of a local Texarkana hospital. The city of Texarkana is also recovering from the incident that made national headlines in the sports world.
Police say that all parties involved are now in custody. The Texarkana Texas Police Department said they arrested two suspects believed to be the shooters in the incident: Kamauri Butler (17) for Aggravated Assault and Demarco Banks (20) for Deadly Conduct. Police said that three more arrests were also made in the case: Yankeengea Smith (49) for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon and two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Nathan Moore (19) for Tampering with Evidence and Possession of Marijuana, Marcell Beaver (19) for Possession of Marijuana.
Texarkana Texas police chief said it’s truly unbelievable
“After further investigation, and a review of the circumstances of this event, it is truly unbelievable that the bullet traveled at such a trajectory at over 400 yards, through trees, and across a street to strike the student,” Texarkana Texas Police Chief Kevin Schutte said.
City Manager complimented first responders
“While this weekend was difficult for our community, it highlighted the strength of our first responders and everyone involved,” said Texarkana, Texas City Manager David Orr. “Our commitment to a safe atmosphere for residents and visitors remains a top priority.”