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Texas Shooting Spree Update: Esteban Smith, N.C. marine, ID'd as gunman, authorities say

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(CBS/AP) EDEN, Texas--Police have identified the gunman in a West Texas shooting that killed one and wounded five others on Sunday morning as a marine from North Carolina. 

The suspect, 23-year-old Esteban J. Smith, was a marine at the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base in North Carolina, police said. At the time of the shooting, he was wanted by police for questioning in a North Carolina murder, said authorities.

Camp Lejeune spokesman Master Sgt. J.D. Cress confirmed that the shooting suspect was an active duty marine but he would not confirm the gunman's name.

Smith was shot and killed by an agency trooper and a state game warden, according to Tom Vinger, Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman.

Three of the shooting victims were treated in nearby hospitals and have since been released. The two remaining  victims, including Concho County Sheriff Richard Doane, remain in the hospital and are being treated for non-life-threatening wounds.

Authorities believe Smith chose his victims randomly when he opened fire on a motorist at 4:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Just after 6 a.m., Vinger said police found 41-year-old Alicia Torres dead in her vehicle just east of San Angelo.

After the shooting, Vinger said, police recovered an assault rifle, a handgun and hundreds of rounds of ammunition from the suspect's car.

Complete coverage of the Texas shooting spree on Crimesider

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