Search on for gunmen who left 2 dead, 1 wounded in ETX

(Source: Scott Pace/KSLA News 12)
(Source: Scott Pace/KSLA News 12)
Published: Jul. 29, 2017 at 5:22 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 30, 2017 at 12:29 AM CDT
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PANOLA COUNTY, TX (KSLA) - Authorities in Panola County are investigating a shooting that has left two people dead and one injured.

It happened around 8:45pm Friday evening in the community of Panola, west of Bethany.

The Panola County Sheriff's Office responded to a private road near County Road 334 after receiving a 911 call reporting shots fired.

When deputies arrived at the trailer house, they found two people lying on the ground. Deputies dragged the victims to a safe spot and covered the door and windows of the trailer house. One survived but the other is dead.

When deputies entered the home to see if the shooters were still there, they also found a white male lying face down in the living room with at least two gunshot wounds. He is also dead.

After a complete search, the house was cleared. Numerous shell casings were found on the ground in front of the trailer house.

A passing motorist reported seeing three black males leaving the driveway in a gray or black vehicle, possibly a Nissan. It's believed the suspects have left the immediate area.

The surviving victim was flown to LSU Shreveport. Authorities will work to interview him Saturday to get a description of the shooters.

The identities of the two deceased and surviving victim are being withheld at this time.

One neighbor, who only wants to be identified as "Mike," told us he heard the gunfire from his house.

Mike said he heard at least four shots that sounded like, "Pop, pop. Then, pop, pop."

Neighbors, like Mike, now reflect on how little they knew about the people who lived in the trailer.

"They kept to their self just the same as everybody else out here, you know. So we really didn't know them," added Mike.

He isn't alone. We heard the same thing from "Lisa" and she's a next door neighbor to the victims.

"I had never met 'em...yeah," said Lisa.

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