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September 19, 2008

Huntsville man arrested in shooting

One Huntsville man was hospitalized and another arrested in the aftermath of a shooting Thursday evening in north Huntsville.

Terrance Jesse McGowan, 19, of Huntsville was arrested Friday afternoon by the Huntsville Police Department after police say he confessed to the shooting of Osric Ledet, 18, also of Huntsville.

According to statements made by witnesses, the road to the shooting began approximately one week ago, when the two men engaged in a physical altercation over a girl.

The two met again Thursday evening at around 6 p.m. in the 200 block of Mary Avenue, where another altercation took place.

According to witnesses, Ledet gained the upper hand over McGowan and won the fight, at which point both men agreed that the feud should end.

Both men then separated and began walking to their vehicles.

Upon reaching his vehicle, McGowan withdrew a .380 caliber pistol and fired six rounds in the direction of Ledet’s vehicle, hitting Ledet once in the face and embedding the other five rounds in the vehicle.

Ledet was wounded in the cheek, and the bullet possibly pierced his tongue.

Units from the Huntsville Police Department responded to the scene shortly after the shooting with assistance from Huntsville-Walker County EMS.

“Ledet’s injuries were serious enough that he was airlifted to a Houston hospital,” said Sgt. James Barnes of the Huntsville Police Department. “According to his family, he’s doing OK and he’s scheduled to undergo surgery today [Friday].”

McGowan reportedly fled in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, leading Huntsville police to begin a large scale investigation into his whereabouts with assistance from Texas Ranger Steve Jeter.

When witnesses identified McGowan as the shooter, Jeter and HPD Detective Ken Foulch began negotiating with his family to gain a confession.

These negotations led to McGowan turning himself in to authorities at around 2 p.m. Friday afternoon, at which time he gave a confession and was transported to the Walker County Jail.

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