By Scott Harvey
Sulphur Springs – A recent shooting in Sulphur Springs, leading local law enforcement on a search of three unidentified suspects, turns out to be a hoax.
Sulphur Springs Police responded Monday to a reported shooting at an apartment complex at 512 Church Street.
Robert Alexander and his brother Josh Alexander, both of Sulphur Springs, are said to have suffered gunshot wounds and were taken to a local hospital. The victims reportedly told officers they were shot by a group of three masked men.
Sulphur Springs Police Chief Jim Bayuk says that after further investigation, officers found there were no masked gunmen; but that the two men shot each other as part of a scheme for personal reasons to possibly benefit them.
According to Bayuk, a suspect(s) confessed to the crime after the evidence collected, including 911 calls, guns and witness statements stacked up against them.
Two suspects have been arrested in the case. Michael Anthony Fuller, 19, is charged with making a false report to a peace officer, a misdemeanor. Cayla Ray, 17, was arrested and charged with tampering with physical evidence, a felony.
As of Friday, no other arrests had been made but were expected.