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Gunfire reported on Kaufman St.; suspects found at Shell station
ERIC CORNELISON
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ENNIS - The sound of gunfire rocked the 2800 block of N. Kaufman St. over the weekend.

The Ennis police were called to the scene only to find the sounds of silence when Officer Touncy Hart began searching the area for subjects matching the description given to him by witnesses.

Dispatch then reported a possible problem at the Shell station at Kaufman and I45.

In Hart's report, he arrived at the scene and found the suspects waiting at one of the gas pumps.

Hart was told by a witness at the gas station one of the passengers in the vehicle was carrying a weapon.

According to reports, Hart ordered all three passengers out of the vehicle and placed them in custody.

'A search discovered four hollow-point rounds belonging to a .357 handgun found in the car was in one of the suspect's front pockets,' said Detective Sergeant Mike Hopson.

A 380 handgun was also found in the vehicle and according to police reports, smelled as though the guns had been fired recently.

Once Hart began questioning the suspects, the driver of the car said the two passengers ordered him at gunpoint to take them to Dallas and he did not know them.

Hopson said earlier in the night shots had been exchanged between two vehicles but no confirmation of the incident occurred and a black Mercedes may have been involved.

'It sounds more like a carjacking,' said Hopson.

Christopher James Nealy, 18, and Wilburn Griffith III, 19 both from Dallas were charged with assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful carrying of a weapon and aggravated kidnapping.

Witnesses reported these two suspects were also involved in the January robbery of Xavier Davis, 25, of Ennis in which he was shot in the leg and hospitalized.

Hopson said the January shooting was still under investigation and nothing has been determined from these reports.

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