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Bond exceeds $200,000 for suspect in Friday shootings

July 2, 2012

Bond has been set at a total of more than $200,000 for the Big Spring man believed to be responsible for the shooting of four people Friday night at a birthday party in east Big Spring.

Bond has been set at a total of $201,000 — $50,000 for each of the four counts of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury and $1,000 for a single count of driving without a license — for Holston Banks III, 20, who was arrested shortly after midnight on Friday night.

Banks remained in the custody of the Howard County Detention Center as of the time of this report.

According to Sgt. Tony Everett, public information officer with the Big Spring Police Department, the shooting was reported at approximately 10:51 p.m. Friday in the 1400 block of E. Sixth Street.

Upon arrival at the scene, law enforcement officials discovered four gunshot victims, two of whom had received multiple wounds.

The four victims are:
• Daryl Washington, 47, of Lubbock, who suffered two upper-leg wounds.
• Mark Johnson, 41, of Lubbock, who was shot once in the lower right leg.
• Samantha Dawson, 25, of Midland, who was wounded in the neck and upper leg.
• A 16-year-old female, whose name was not released, was struck in the right shoulder area.

All four victims were transported to Scenic Mountain Medical Center's emergency room.

The teenager remains at Scenic Mountain, while Washington, Johnson and Dawson were transferred to University Medical Center in Lubbock. According to Eric Finley, communications manager for University Medical Center, all three were listed in satisfactory condition this morning.

Everett said witness accounts state gunfire erupted from the driver's side window of a white Chevrolet Suburban which passed slowly by the scene of the birthday party.

“Numerous” spent .22 caliber shell casings were recovered in the street in front of the residence, Everett said.

Approximately 90 minutes after the shooting, a Howard County Sheriff's Department deputy stopped an automobile matching the description of the suspect vehicle.

“Based on witness accounts and evidence at the scene, the driver (Banks) was arrested and charged with four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon,” Everett said.

The weapon believed to be used in the shooting was not recovered from Banks' vehicle, according to Everett.

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