Suspect arrested in Hallettsville double shooting (Video)

JR Ortega By JR Ortega

May 7, 2012 at 12:07 a.m.
Updated May 8, 2012 at 12:08 a.m.

HALLETTSVILLE - Two people were shot multiple times during an aggravated assault in Hallettsville on Monday morning.

Reginald Louis Adams, 37, and Demont O'Neal Adams, 33, both of Hallettsville, were shot about 11 a.m. in the 200 block of West Park Street, according to a news release from the Hallettsville Police Department.

Both were flown to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. They were listed in critical condition Monday night.

Roderick Douglas Axel, 47, also of Hallettsville, was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second degree felony.

The motive behind the shooting is still unknown and law enforcement is still investigating, said Tom Donnelly, Hallettsville city manager.

Axel had a previous run in with the law. In 1996 he was arrested and later found guilty of assault against a peace officer, according to Lavaca County court documents.

News of the shooting spread throughout the city as police continued to work the scene early Monday afternoon.

"We are very busy right now," said Sgt. Cody Weiser, who spent the day conducting interviews with witnesses.

The scene itself was quiet. Crime scene tape blocked off the short block of West Park Street, as officers hovered between the homes in question.

It is still unknown where the shooting took place.

Nearby, neighbors outside talking weren't sure what happened, one woman said.

One man, who did not want to be identified, said one of the men of one of the taped-off homes had caused problems in the past, but he did not elaborate as to what.

The shooting has the man worried because his grandmother lives alone several houses away.

"Everybody in this neighborhood was a little bit worried," he said.

Several other people buzzed and murmured about what they heard happened at a local convenience store in the heart of downtown, but they didn't want to talk about it for the record.

Others chatted about the helicopter used to airlift the two men roaring through the small community.

The Lavaca County Sheriff's Office, 25th Judicial District Attorney's Office and the Texas Rangers are also working on the case.



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