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Shots Fired, Party's Over
Written by Megan Hempel   
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A routine disturbance call to the Fairfield Police Department (FPD) turned out to be much more when gunshots rang out, leaving two Fairfield residents injured.

At 1:25 a.m. on Sunday, August 18, 2013, Officer Christy Lawrence and partner Officer Cal McKinney responded to a complaint of a loud party taking place in the 1100th block of South Fairway (Hwy 75).

The caller had advised that a large party was taking place nearby and complained of vehicles blocking their driveway.

According to Assistant Chief Bill Rogillio, when officers arrived they observed multiple vehicles lining the roadway and a large gathering of people on private property.

Reportedly, when Officers Lawrence and McKinney pulled into the property, multiple party-goers charged their patrol car forcing them to call for back up. Amidst the chaos, two to three gunshots were heard.

Answering the call for assistance were FPD Sergeant David Utsey, Chief Kenny Bulger, Assistant Chief Bill Rogillio, Teague Police Department, Freestone County Sheriff’s Department, and local Highway Patrol, as well as County Attorney Chris Martin.

It was discovered that two people had been injured during the incident.

Mario Rodriguez, Jr. of Fairfield, a 21 year old Hispanic male, was shot in the back of the leg. Rodriguez was treated by Fairfield EMS (FEMS) who then called for an emergency air lift.

AirEvac landed at the scene to transport the victim to Hillcrest Medical Center in Waco where he was listed in stable condition as of press time.

A second victim, Gerisha Scott, a 22 year old black female, also of Fairfield, was treated and released by FEMS at the scene.

"It was a miracle more weren’t hurt," exclaimed Assistant Chief Rogillio, remarking on the large number of people present at the time of the shootings.

According to Rogillio, the shootings were perpetrated by a group of males from Mexia. It is reported that the group was not affiliated with the party, but had shown up with the intention of causing trouble. Witnesses reported that the suspects fled the scene by automobile.

A description of the suspect and vehicle soon yielded a traffic stop at WalMart in Mexia. A firearm was recovered in the vehicle and suspects were interviewed by Freestone County law enforcement as well as the Mexia Police Department. Subsequently, the suspects were released pending further investigation and identification.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Fairfield Police Department at 903-389-3901.
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