Officer Chris Rankin

Public Information Officer

903-798-3187 (office) 903-260-0294 (pager)

903-824-4199 (cell) 903-798-3023 (fax)

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Re: Nightclub Shooting Update

Police are still searching for the suspect in a shooting that occurred early Saturday morning at a local nightclub. On 1/13/07 at 1:45am police responded to The Wild Coyote in the 4100 block of Arkansas Blvd. in reference to a shooting.

Police located the victim, Michael Pender (b/m/20 Texarkana, TX) lying on the stage. He had suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Pender was transported by LifeNet ambulance to Christus St. Michael Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

A single .25 cal. shell casing was recovered from the dance floor. Witness statements also indicate that the victim was shot while inside the club.

After conducting an initial investigation which included interviewing numerous winesses to the shooting, an arrest warrant was issued for the suspect, Octavian Smith (b/m/18 New Boston, TX). He is described as being approximately 6'0" and 155-165 lbs. At the time of the shooting the suspects hair was reportedly either braided, or in dredlocks.

If you have any information as to the whereabouts of the suspect please call CrimeStoppers at (903)793-STOP. Your information could be worth up to $1000 if it leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect in this case. As always, all callers will remain anonymous.

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