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Four wounded in Friday shooting

June 30, 2012

Four injured in Friday shooting

A local man is in custody after being arrested in connection with a Friday shooting that wounded four people at a birthday party in east Big Spring.
Holston Banks III, 20, was arrested on four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for his alleged role in the shooting, which occurred late Friday night in the 1400 block of East Sixth Street.
Police responded to a “shots fired” call shortly before 11 p.m. Upon arrival at the scene, they 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 a Lubbock hospital.
The condition of the victims was not released as of noon Saturday.
Big Spring Police Department Sgt. Tony 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.
Banks remains in the Howard County Detention Center this weekend, pending arraignment. Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon is a second degree felony punishable by a term of between two and 20 years in prison.

Contact Staff Writer Steve Reagan at 263-7331 ext. 235 or by e-mail at

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