Esteban J. Smith, 23, a Marine who went on a shooting rampage in two Texas counties before being killed in a firefight with law enforcement agents, was also linked to a woman whose body was found in a North Carolina motel room.
Esteban Smith, who was stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, opened fire on a vehicle early Sunday morning in Eden, TX, wounding an unidentified woman. He then made his way to a convenience store in Brady, where he shot and wounded two people as they sat in their vehicles. Smith then turned around and went back to Eden, where he fired at another vehicle, wounding the occupant at about 5:30 a.m. Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call of shots fired in Eola, where they found Alicia Torres, 41, dead in her car. That was shortly after 6 a.m.
Esteban Smith fired on Concho County Sheriff Richard Doane, wounding him on U.S. Highway 83, just north of Eden. Smith was killed in a shoot-out with a state trooper and a game warden. He was armed with an assault-style rifle, a handgun and had hundreds of rounds of ammunition in his possession.
A few hours later, the body of a woman was found in a motel room in Jacksonville, NC. It is not clear how she died, but investigators have said her death is connected to the Texas shootings.