Authorities have reported that a suspect is in custody after a gunman opened fire at the annual Lone Star Rally, resulting in six individuals sustaining injuries on Saturday night. Peddis Ray, a 20-year-old from Hitchcock, has been charged with six counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, as reported by The Daily News of Galveston County. The Galveston Police Department spokesperson, Kurt Koopman, confirmed the arrest and charges.
The newspaper reported that officials discovered a firearm in Ray’s possession during his arrest. According to a report, a call was made to the police a little before 11 p.m. local time from The Strand, Galveston’s historic area. The 23rd annual Lone Star Rally, which is believed to be the largest motorcycle rally in the state, was in the preparation phase and participants were gearing up for the four-day event.
Police reported that they discovered six individuals with gunshot wounds, with five of them being transported to local hospitals, as per the television station’s report. In a statement, Koopman confirmed that one person was in critical condition. One individual stated that they only had minor injuries and did not require medical attention.
According to Koopman, two individuals underwent surgery following the incident but are anticipated to make complete recoveries. Additionally, two others did not require surgery and are also expected to fully recover.
During a news conference, Galveston police Chief Doug Balli stated that the recent incident is believed to be connected to the ongoing gun-related violence in Galveston County. He further added that there is no evidence to suggest that the incident is related to the rally itself. According to Chief Balli, the suspect has claimed to be a member of a local gang, and it is suspected that the attack was aimed at rival gang members
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