By Darrell Todd Maurina
One Clovis man is in critical condition and another remains hospitalized following a shooting Friday night south of Clovis.
The Curry County Sheriff’s Office said they have not located any witnesses to the shooting and did not have a motive.
Larry Gomez, 45, and Phillip Gee, 41, were both shot about 10:40 p.m. at Gomez’ mobile home on the 100 block of Mississippi. Both were taken to Plains Regional Medical Center and then transferred to Lubbock. Gomez, who was shot in the stomach, was transported to University Medical Center where hospital officials said Monday afternoon he remained in critical condition. Gee was shot twice in the back and was transported to an undisclosed medical facility, according to the sheriff’s office, he was in satisfactory condition Monday morning.
Undersheriff Doug Bowman said Gomez was able to make it to a telephone to call 911 after being shot, but since then, neither Gomez nor Gee have been well enough to tell deputies what happened. No guns were present at the scene and deputies do not believe the two shot each other.
“We’ve got no information to go on at this point, we don’t know what happened, we’ve got no witnesses,” Bowman said. “Anything anybody in the community can tell us will help us.”
Bowman said that when deputies arrived Friday evening, they found Gee lying on the ground at the steps to the front door of the home. After entering the home, they found Gomez sitting on the couch bleeding from his stomach.
“From what little we gathered today, Gee was shot on the front steps and Gomez was shot inside the house,” Bowman said.
Based on the lack of flash burns on the victims and the size of the mobile home, Bowman said deputies believe the two men were shot with a handgun from no more than 10 to 15 feet away.
“We’re just trying to figure out who might last have had contact with them,” Bowman said. “We went out today and interviewed Mr. Gee, but he was too groggy to respond.”
Bowman said police are unsure of the relationship between Gee and Bowman, but believe the two were friends.
“I assume we will probably go into the neighborhood tomorrow and start rounding up people who might be witnesses, but right now we know nothing,” Bowman said.