An Eldorado youth was in custody Tuesday night in connection with a shooting that took place inside one of the units at the Eldorado Place Apartments during the evening hours on Tuesday, January 28th.

Under Texas law, authorities cannot release the suspect’s name since he is under 17 years of age.

The victim, Carl Hart, 56, of Eldorado, was taken by ambulance to the Schleicher County Medical Center where he was treated for a wound to his right shoulder. Hart has since been released following a short hospitalization.

Schleicher County Deputy Kevin Herbert, Deputy Jason Chatham, Deputy John Conner and DPS Troopers Trey Blasingame and Rob Newman responded to the scene when a 9-1-1 caller reported a shooting inside one of the apartments.

A female caller told the 9-1-1 operator at 9:51 p.m. that a man had been shot inside her apartment at 104 Eastfield Drive in Eldorado. She noted that the victim was alert and breathing but offered no additional details.

Deputy Herbert reports that he arrived to find Hart bleeding from a shoulder wound as he lay on the floor.

The ambulance crew that responded to the call was told to keep their distance until officers could determine there was no longer a threat. A few moments later, the ambulance was summoned to the apartment, but Hart initially declined treatment, Deputy Herbert said.

“He was intoxicated and uncooperative,” Herbert said. “But, we convinced him that he needed medical treatment and he agreed to get on the gurney.”

Officers were unsure at first if Hart had been shot with a small caliber weapon or if he had suffered some sort of puncture wound.

Deputy Herbert, who is the lead investigator on the case, said on Tuesday that Hart’s medical records were being sought with a subpoena to help determine the type and caliber of weapon involved in the shooting.

But, by Tuesday night, the juvenile suspect was in custody and the weapon involved in the shooting had been recovered.

As soon as the crime scene was secured on the night of the shooting, officers began canvassing the area but found no signs of a shooter. They also interviewed neighbors in hopes of determining exactly what happened inside the apartment.

A firearm recovered at the crime scene was later determined to be inoperable and was ruled out as having been involved.

Deputy Herbert advised on Tuesday that officers had developed some leads and were pursuing those even as they continued to ask the public for information related to the shooting.
Herbert explains that although a suspect is in custody and the weapon has been recovered, the investigation continues and he urges anyone with information about the case to contact the Schleicher County Sheriff’s Office at 325-853-2737.