SMITH COUNTY, Texas (KETK) – Three men were arrested at a local trail ride concert event where two people were shot and hospitalized, according to the Smith County Sheriff’s Office.
Around 9:40 p.m. on Saturday, Smith County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Spring Creek Baptist Church and found “massive amounts of people” at a trail ride concert event. According to officials, two people were shot at the event and taken to two separate local hospitals.
Sir Ricardel Ortiz, 29, of Tyler, Israel Allen Ortiz, 27, of Tyler and Jakeithon Marcilous Medlock, 26, of Tyler were each arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and deadly conduct by discharging a firearm, according to the Smith County Sheriff’s Office.
On Monday, Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith held a press conference about the shooting. In the press conference, Smith described the shooting as the first two deputies on the scene recalled it.
According to Smith, when deputies arrived at a stage setup for the concert “Deputies heard four to six gunshots” and then “they subsequently heard a volley of three gunshots.”
At this point, deputies approached the area of the shooting and observed the three men arrested walking away from the area, hiding behind a vehicle and disposing of four firearms behind the vehicle, according to Smith.
According to Smith, the shooting, which happened at the concert part of the trail ride event, had two “so-called” unarmed security guards for over 500 people.
“Everybody that can be charged will be charged,” Smith said.
Smith said that blood found on the clothing of the three men arrested is being examined along with video surveillance and social media video.
“We’re not trying to stop anybody from having fun, but each and every time one of these trail ride combination concert events happen, just almost every time you can set your clock by it, there’s going to be a shooting,” Smith said.
Shell casings recovered are being tested by firearms experts against the guns recovered from the scene, according to Smith.
Smith said that no permits were requested or issued for this event. “We had no idea this thing was going on until the gunfire,” Smith said.
Smith County Sheriff’s Office public information officer Larry Christian said the trail ride was a “recipe for disaster,” and that “I would never go near them.”
“It’s unfortunate that we have to use our resources on one event like this that could have been prevented had somebody that knew it was going to happen let us know,” Smith said
Here’s the full video of Sheriff Smith’s press conference:
Texas Parks and Wildlife, Game Wardens, Tyler Police Department, Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, Smith County Fire Marshal’s Office, Bullard PD and DPS Highway Patrol assisted the Smith County Sheriff’s Office.
Smith added that since the last press conference held about a Smith County trail ride shooting, no trail ride permits have been requested or given.
Sir Ricardel Ortiz, Israel Allen Ortiz and Jakeithon Marcilous Medlock were being held on $20,000 bond, according to jail records. The three have since posted bail, according to officials.