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Man opens fire at trail party – leaving 25-year-old ‘cowboy’ dead, Texas Sheriff says

A man was shot and run over by a car on Saturday at a massive Texas horseback riding party, and a suspect is now in custody, investigators said Tuesday.

According to the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office, Deotis Gray, 24, was arrested for murder after allegedly opening fire on the party outside Waco with an AK-47 rifle, KXXV reported.

Scotty Stephens, 25, was killed.

Stephens was the intended target, Sheriff Parnell McNamara told KAMC, and his murder could be linked to a previous shooting in Waco.

Authorities estimate that between 500 and 1,000 people were present at the hiking event when the shooting took place around 2 a.m., according to the media outlet.

Chaos ensued when gunshots rang out, and in addition to being shot, Stephens was run over by a vehicle trying to escape the fray, McNamara told KWTX.

Stephens was sometimes referred to as “John Wayne Kelly” by friends and family because of his love of horseback riding, his family told KWTX.

Investigators believe gang violence led to the shooting. Stephens had no connection to the gangs, however, some of his relatives could, family members told the station.

“Everyone knows the difference between a cowboy and a gang – a gang is a bunch of organized criminals, we are none of those things, and neither are ‘John Wayne Kelly’,” Stephens’ aunt said during of a memorial, the TV station reported. .

Gray’s bond has been set at $ 1 million, KAMC reported.

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