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Suspects in motel shooting arrested after short pursuit

JOAQUIN, TX (KLTV/KSLA/KTRE) - Both suspects in the Friday morning shooting at a Joaquin motel have been arrested following a short pursuit in Montgomery County.

Montgomery County Sheriff Newton Johnson says both Bobby and Deedra Grubbs were apprehended around 2:30 Friday afternoon, after a short pursuit in one of the victim's vehicles.

Authorities on the scene at the motel say three motel employees, all housekeepers, were shot in the head. One woman has passed away. She is identified as Martha Soceredoi, 37.

Officials say the two other victims, one male, one female, are both hospitalized, one in Center, the other in Shreveport. Authorities say they are both expected to survive.

An official on the scene says the Grubbs' were staying at the motel, and left behind their own gold vehicle. He added that money was missing and it appears that robbery was the motive behind the fatal shooting.

Authorities in Montgomery County responded to a burglary and assault Wednesday, where a woman, who they identified as Deedra Grubbs, knocked on the door of a home where she was previously employed as a housekeeper and began chatting with the homeowner.

Officials say a man then forced his way into the home and both suspects assaulted the homeowner and burglarized the home. Montgomery County authorities have identified that man as Bobby Grubbs, the suspect in Friday's triple shooting at a motel in East Texas. Both Bobby and Deedra are wanted in connection to Wednesday's burglary and assault.

Area schools took precautions in wake of Friday's shooting.

Joaquin ISD schools have been on lockdown since shortly after 9:15 a.m., after the three employees were shot at the Country Inn motel. One woman was pronounced dead at the scene and two others injured. One is being treated at a Shreveport hospital and another at a Center hospital.

Joaquin ISD Superintendent Phil Worsham says the campus, which is less than a half-mile from the motel, has been on lockdown since shortly after 9:00 a.m. All students are in their classrooms and all the doors and gates are locked. Worsham says they will remain on lockdown until they get an all-clear from law enforcement.

Carthage ISD Superintendent J. Glenn Hambrick confirms his schools are on an "alert" status. He said this means all outside doors to campus building are locked and administrators and security staff are monitoring the situation in Joaquin. Hambrick said due to the distance away from the crime, Carthage schools have not been placed on lockdown.

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