The drive-by shooter or shooters who fired multiple rounds into party goers two weeks ago on FM 1162 remain unknown as the wounds on the five victims continue to heal.

Despite dozens of interviews and hours of investigation deputies with the Wharton County Sheriff’s Office are no closer to making an arrest than they were July 21 when then shooting happened just east of El Campo, Sheriff Shannon Srubar said.

“We have no changes or updates on the shooting,” he told the El Campo Leader-News.

The problem, he added, was a lack of cooperation by those attending the birthday party, the people who should make the best witnesses to the crime.

That’s why sheriff investigators are hoping someone else was in the vicinity during the early morning hours of Sunday, July 21 or that one of the party goers will come forward.

“We still encourage people that have information to contact the WCSO or Crime Stoppers,” Srubar said.

Two people, one man and one teenage boy, were transported to a Houston trauma center following the shooting and three others were treated locally. None suffered life-threatening wounds.

The make and model of the suspect’s vehicle remains unknown as does the number of shots fired in the 3000 block of FM 1162 around 2:12 a.m.

At the time, a party for the homeowner’s niece was taking place outside with about 25 people in attendance. The residence appears to have been targeted for a reason and not a random act of violence, the sheriff said.

Anyone who may have information to contact the West Wharton County Crime Stoppers at 979-543-8477 or the WCSO at 979-543-1373 or 979-532-1550. Callers to the Crime Stoppers Tip Line may receive a cash reward if the information they supply leads to an arrest and do not have to give their names.

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