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Wharton PD investigates retaliation shooting at West Spanish Camp Street home

Three adults and two juveniles are accused of a shooting into a home on West Spanish Camp Street at 3:06 a.m. on May 7 in retaliation for an incident that occurred months earlier on March 26 at Riverbend Apartments. 

According to the Wharton Police Department, Tre Anthony Munoz, 19, of Wharton County, Roy Melvin Gentry, 18, of Wharton, Tyler Johnson, 18, of Wharton, and a 16-year-old were placed under arrest for attempted murder, engaging in organized criminal activity and two counts of endangering a child. 

Another 16-year-old suspect was released at the scene, but a warrant has been issued for his arrest for his alleged involvement, according to lead investigator Det. Don Chaney.

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The subjects were arrested after the Wharton Police Department overheard the sounds of gunshots in the 200 block of West Burleson Street. 

“After canvassing the area, we detained five subjects from a vehicle believed to be responsible for the shots heard,” said Wharton Police Department Public Information Officer Det. Ariel Soltura. 

“Minutes later, a dispatched call determined that a home on West Spanish Camp Street had been targeted by gunshots, which led to the arrests of three alleged adults and two juveniles.”

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According to Soltura, detectives determined that handguns were used to fire nine shots into the home, where two children and two adults were found unharmed.

During the course of the investigation, detectives have determined a link to the shooting with an incident that occurred at approximately 2:19 a.m. on March 26 at Riverbend Apartments.

According to lead investigator Det. Sgt. Jason Barker, an 18-year-old male was shot twice after a verbal altercation.

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He was transported to the hospital and charged with deadly conduct.

The victim’s home on West Spanish Camp Street was the target of the May 7 shooting, however, the victim was not at home when the shots were fired.

To protect the victim’s privacy, Wharton Police Department declined to release his name.

The 16-year-old suspect fled the scene of Riverbend Apartments and was apprehended along with the four other suspects for the shooting at West Spanish Camp Street, which detectives believe was committed in retaliation for the May 26 incident.

He was charged with aggravated assault and two counts of deadly conduct, in addition to attempted murder, engaging in organized criminal activity, deadly conduct and two counts of endangering a child.

According to WPD, the investigation is ongoing under the lead of Barker.

Natalie Frels-Busbyhttps://www.thecountygin.com
Natalie Frels-Busby is the former editor-in-chief of The County Gin.

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