Four People Shot at Game Room After Lubbock County Commissioner Meeting
Just hours following a meeting held by the Lubbock County Commissioners Office regarding game rooms and the need to regulate them multiple shots were fired at a local game room.
Lubbock County Commissioner Jason Corley brought forth an ordinance that would regulate game rooms in Lubbock County but that was ordinance was tabled until September. Coincidentally, and unfortunately, after the motion to regulate game rooms as an ordinance was placed on the back burner a series of shootings that originated at a local game room occurred.
According to the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to the area of 110th Street and Avenue P. at 4:44 p.m.. At the scene law enforcement officials discovered 42-year-old Benjamin Veanueva who was transported to a hospital by ambulance for a gunshot wound that left him in critical condition.
At 4:55 p.m., just a few minutes later, police were dispatched to Veanueva's location they were called to 9107 Avenue P. where 41-year-old Florencio Rivera was found and transported to a local hospital after suffering a gunshot wound. Police soon discovered that a third victim, 32-year-old Christian Rios, had been shot in relation to the game room shooting and had been driven to the a hospital via a private vehicle.
While police were busy a third call of shots fired was made and police were dispatched to the Allsup's in Slaton at 5:30 p.m. after a dispute between two men left one man, 35-year-old Cody Payne, with a gunshot wound. Payne was also transported to a Lubbock hospital and the suspect, 49-year-old Jamie Lee Pruett, was located and arrested on multiple charges.
After these shootings County Commissioner Jason Corley released a statement that he would be adding the ordinance that would regulate game rooms back onto the agenda instead of leaving it to be discussed in September. KAMC news reports that one of the reasons the ordinance was pushed back until September is that local law enforcement was not fully ready to enforce the ordinance.
Also, a budget would need to be proposed for the costs of enforcing, regulating, and to pay any new positions that were made due to the ordinance. That proposed ordinance will be on the March 21st agenda of the Lubbock County Commissioners Court which residents can attend at 10 a.m. on the fifth floor of the Lubbock County Courthouse. The meeting willl also be streamed live.