According to a press release from the office of Sheriff Carlos Carrizales Jr., the incident is still under investigation and deputies still do not have all the information they need to wrap up the case.
Investigator Steve Martin said that the incident took place at Ray’s Automotive just west of the city limits on U.S. Highway 59.
Deputies were called to the scene at about 9:50 p.m. after someone from that location called to report a burglary in progress.
By the time deputies arrived at the scene, they were told that someone had run to a residence across the highway from Ray’s Automotive and said he had been shot and needed help.
When they arrived, deputies found two Hispanic males, one 20 and one 23, both suffering wounds from bird shot fired from a shotgun.
When deputies spoke to the people at Ray’s Automotive, the owner said he had seen two or three persons attempting to steal auto parts and had fired a shot in their direction.
The owner said the men fled after the shot was fired.
Both shooting victims were rushed to Christus Spohn Hospital Beeville and later they were flown by helicopter to Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital in Corpus Christi. Both victims were still in the hospital Tuesday afternoon and the sheriff’s office said they had not been interviewed.
No criminal charges have been filed against any of those involved in the incident and will not be until more interviews have been completed.
Deputies were assisted at the scene by members of the Beeville Police Department and Texas Department of Public Safety.