JASPER - by Mike Lout/KJAS - Jasper Police are investigating a late Monday afternoon shooting that left at least two people injured and police with unanswered questions.
Officers were called to the intersection of Burch and Broad Street, on the city's northeast side, shortly before 6:00 p.m., when it was reported that shots had been fired and that at least one person had been injured, in an altercation that occurred in front of the Lone Star Youth Center.
Upon their arrival at the scene, officers learned that one individual, who said that he had been shot at, was hiding in a wooded area near the intersection of Broad and Beatty Streets, a block east of the original location.
Police Chief Harlan Alexander and others used bullhorns and speakers to get the man to come out of the woods as an emergency dispatcher talked to him his cell phone and within a short time he surrendered to the officers.
Police later determined that the shooting actually occurred at the intersection of Broad and Beatty Streets and began to search the area, where they found at least one slug and blood.
First reports were that a total of three people had been shot and that all had been taken by private cars to Christus Jasper Memorial Hospital. However, police later said that it turned out that only two people had actually been injured in the round of gunfire.
The names of those injured and identity of the alleged shooter has not been released as the investigation into the incident continues.
A short time after the incident occurred officers confirmed that a weapon thought to have been used in the shooting had been located. However, there is no word on what sparked the altercation.