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Family gathering turns violent, two shot in Troup

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TROUP, TX (KLTV) -

Two men were hospitalized from gunshot wounds after a family gathering turned violent Sunday night.

It happened in the 19000 block of County Road 2343 in Troup around 9:00 p.m. One neighbor, who drove up as police were arriving on scene, said he knew the family well and nothing like this has ever happened in that area.

Herman Thomas has lived next door to where the shooting happened for 48 years. He said the neighbors are like family, but Sunday night he pulled up to a scene that changed everything. “Next door there was wall to wall cars,” he described.

More than 20 people were at a family gathering next door. Officials said an argument between family members early Sunday continued at that gathering. "It escalated out here and it just went from a calm situation to a shooting,” Thomas said.

When officials arrived Sunday night there were two male victims, ages 38 and 48, both with gunshot wounds to their legs. They were both taken to a Tyler hospital where they continue to recover.

“It’s really hard for people out in the country that has a good living out here that, you know, you bring trouble from town to the country and it’s hard for a lot of people,” Thomas said. He explained that a woman in the home has a young child. The sheriff’s office confirmed that this was a domestic dispute. “People coming from town, well this is my baby, this is my baby, you know, well so be, but don’t start fighting about it,” Thomas said.

That fighting prompted Herman and his wife to re-think their place on that road. "We decided that, you know, it’s time for us to move on. I mean you’re going to have problems anywhere you go, but when it becomes a shooting problem,” he said that changes things.

After 48 peaceful years a new sign hangs below the family name. “We decided last night that, you know, we’re not going to be around when there’s a lot of shootings going on,” he said because family doesn’t turn to guns.

The Herman’s home is now up for sale.

The Smith County Sheriff’s Office said they do have a suspect in the shooting and could make an arrest as early as Monday night. They said the family has been cooperating with them throughout the investigation.

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