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Deputies now seeking 2 'persons of interest' in April after-prom party shooting near Jasper

Investigators believe a dispute between rival groups may have led to the shooting.

JASPER COUNTY, Texas — Jasper County Deputies are looking for two "persons of interest" connected to an after-prom party shooting that left 11 teens wounded last month.

Deputies are not releasing the names of the "persons of interest" yet, according to Chief Deputy Scotty Duncan.

The sheriff's office is meeting daily about the case and working closely with Jasper County District Attorney Anne Pickle , Duncan told 12News Friday morning.

Investigators believe a dispute between rival groups may have led to the shooting.

The shooting took place Sunday, April 23, 2023 at an after-prom party at a residence north of Jasper on County Road 263, according to a Jasper County Sheriff's Office release

Related: Shooting at after-prom party north of Jasper leaves 11 teens injured, second shooting could be related

Deputies responded to a disturbance with shots fired at the home. While at first it was believed that nine teenagers were injured, officials later confirmed there were 11 teenage victims.  

Eight of the victims were taken to Jasper Memorial Hospital by personal vehicles, and some were transferred to Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont for further treatment, according to the release.

Two of the victims went to the hospital the day after the shooting took place. Ten of the victims were injured by gunfire, and one was injured while fleeing. 

All of their wounds were not life-threatening.

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office has four suspects in custody. Those charged in connection with the shooting are:

  • Cheston Hartsfield, 19, of Newton
  • Tracy Hickman, 19, of Newton
  • Cameron Hartsfield 18, of Newton
  • Tyler Porter, 19, of Newton

Related: 'All I could hear was her screaming': Jasper teen recounts shooting at after-prom party that left 11 teenagers injured

Cheston Hartsfield and Tracy Hickman are in custody at the Beauregard Parish Jail in Louisiana. Cameron Hartsfield is in the Tyler County Jail, and Tyler Porter is in the Jasper County Jail.

“These individuals drove by in a car and started firing from them or at them,” Jasper Police Department Lt. Garrett Foster said.

The suspects face multiple felony charges including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, which is a second-degree felony, and engaging in organized criminal activity, which is a first-degree felony.

Jasper Police and the sheriff’s office believe the suspects had a dispute with a rival group.

"Not accidental,” Sheriff Mitchell Newman said. “They've been lots going on for months between these two groups of young men, not only in our county, but in Newton County too and it finally came to a head over here."

Police believe a 9mm caliber pistol was used and said physical evidence ties all four suspects to the prom party shooting and another, just 10 miles down the road the same night.

Related: Jasper shooting occurred five miles from scene of after-prom party shooting, investigation underway

“Left the prom party obviously and came down to inside the city and committed another aggravated assault with weapons and shot at some individuals," lt. Foster said.

The second shooting happened in Jasper on Valley Drive, just off Bevil Loop, and went down Highway 190 toward Newton. Public Information Officer Karli Cherry told 12News that a white sedan seen at the after-prom party was involved in the second shooting.

Deputies believe the sedan is a Pontiac.

Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Shana Clark told 12News they found two cars from the second shooting abandoned in Jasper County.

Those vehicles are being processed. Investigators are looking for more suspects and more victims.

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