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Shots fired at 13th Step Tattoo Shop, suspects arrested

Steven Dewayne Ratliff. Photo Source: Smith County Jail. Steven Dewayne Ratliff. Photo Source: Smith County Jail.
John Adam Currier. Photo Source: Smith County Jail. John Adam Currier. Photo Source: Smith County Jail.

Tyler Police have three people in custody, accused of shooting at a tattoo parlor, in Southeast Tyler.

Police say ten rounds were fired at the 13th Step Tattoo Shop on E. Fifth street around 2 Tuesday afternoon.

No one was inside at the time.

But the owner of the taqueria next door saw the whole thing and gave police information about the suspect's vehicle.

"I heard gunshots and I looked back and I saw them shooting at the place so I jumped back in my vehicle and I saw them taking off so I got right behind them-- not right behind them but I got the first three letters on the plates and tried to chase them down," Oscar Rodorich says.

The vehicle was found parked across town, near Vine and Glenwood.

The owner of the tattoo shop, his wife and his mother say they knew of the suspects just from being in the same business but say they'd never had a run in with these guys before or anyone else for that matter.

"We're surprised something like this would happen in Tyler, Texas. We moved here because it's a respectable town and we're a respectable business," says 13th Step owner Keith Boles

Boles's mother-- who didn't go on camera says not before, but after the shooting, their shop received a call from a competitor-- she says the caller ID tipped them off on who was to blame.

She says it's a blessing her son had left the shop just moments before.

"Someone was watching over him. Angels were all about this place and I just can't say enough about how thankful I am that my son is breathing and living and that we can continue our business," says his mother.

Boles says this incident won't hold them down and they're already moving on, getting ready for business by noon tomorrow

Late Tuesday evening, Tyler Police identified two of the suspects as 24-year old Steven Dewayne Ratliff of Tyler, 40-year old John Currier of Tyler.

Ratliff is charged with deadly conduct and unlawfully carrying a weapon.

Currier is being held for a parole violation out of California.

Right now, the third person has not been charged with a crime.

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