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One man dead, another in custody following Smith Co. shooting


A shooting in Smith County Tuesday morning left one man dead and another in custody.

The shooting happened just after 10:00 a.m. on the 100 block of Patton Lane and Highway 64 West.

"I heard two screams, two very hurried sounding screams, and I opened the curtains at my window and didn't see anything," a neighbor said. "I couldn't understand what she was saying or if she was asking for help."

According to the Smith County Sheriff's Office, two men had an argument in the front yard. One of those men shot and killed the other.

"Sheriff cars, marked and unmarked, came screaming down the road and stopped at the house," said neighbor Todd Stembridge. "That's how I figured on what was going on."

Authorities said they have a suspect in custody and are questioning him about the incident.

Hilda Ocampo rushed home from work on her lunch break, worried about her son who was at home. They live just one house over from where the shooting took place.

"He's ok, thank God," she said. "He's fine.That's why I hurried home and as you can see my other son is here, too, because he received a call and came to check up on him."

Neighbors said they're in shock that this happened on their typically quiet street.

"It makes me want to know more what's going on in my neighborhood," Stembridge said. "Should I stay in my house, keep my doors locked and my shades pulled? I just want to know more about what's going on."

"I was just scared and worried and I just didn't know what was going on," Ocampo said. "This is a real quiet neighborhood. Nothing like that ever goes on, so I was really worried."

Authorities have not yet released the identities of either the victim or the suspect in today's shooting, stating that the incident is still under investigation.

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