By Chris Edwards
GRAPELAND – A shooting last week left one man with a severe injury and law enforcement seeking another man.
According to Houston County Sheriff Randy Hargrove, his office received a call regarding a possible shooting incident on the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 10. The incident occurred at 1441 County Road 1705, east of Grapeland, according to Hargrove.
When deputies arrived on the scene, they found a man, identified as 58-year-old John Lewis, with a severe injury to his right leg. Lewis told the deputies he had been shot with a .45-.70-caliber rifle, and named a man, Daniel Luken, as the assailant. Luken is described as a 54-year-old white male.
Hargrove said in a news release that both the rifle, which belonged to Lewis, as well as his truck, a 2007 Ford extended cab with large toolboxes in the rear, were stolen from the scene of the crime by the suspect prior to law enforcement’s arrival.
The truck was recovered on Friday, according to HCSO. It was discovered in Harris County, abandoned and wrecked and towed to an impound lot.
Luken, who is from Houston, had been staying with Lewis for several days, according to Hargrove.
HCSO is still investigating the events leading up to the incident.
Lewis is undergoing extensive medical treatment for his injuries, according to Hargrove. He sustained extensive damage to his thigh.
Luken is believed to be back in the Houston area, and local investigators are in contact with authorities in that area in an attempt to take him into custody. He has a blue warrant out from Harris County, in addition to his Houston County warrant.
He is wanted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and additional charges are expected to be filed. Anyone with information regarding this case should contact HCSO at 936-544-2862.