POSTED: Monday, December 20, 2010 - 4:14pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 2:00pm
5:31 UPDATE: Justice of the Peace 4 Mitch Shamburger has confirmed the deaths of 71-year-old Bonnie Hays and 68-year-old Billy Hays.
Both died of gunshot wounds. Their bodies are being sent for autopsy.
4:32 p.m. UPDATE: Officials tell KETK reporters that a sheriff's deputy went to the shooting victims' house today to respond to a burglary and assault report. The incidents happened about two weeks ago, but they were just reported today.
A sheriff's deputy left the scene to finish his report, then an hour later, got a call that two people were dead in the home. Officials say the caller was a son of the victims.
Deputies say the victims are a 68-year-old husband and his 68-year-old wife.
On scene are the Smith County Crime Scene Unit, the District Attorney's Office and Texas Rangers.
Family members have also arrived at the scene.
Crime scene unit members are in the process of obtaining a search warrant.
The Justice of the Peace has now arrived.
Autopsies will be ordered and bodies sent to Dallas.
Authorities say they don't know who all was in the house at the time of the shooting, and are not officially releasing who the shooter was.
4:20 p.m. UPDATE: Sources tell us, the homeowner, Bill Hays, shot his wife Bonnie and then turned the gun on himself. The couple is in their 60s. They attend Pine Springs Baptist Church. Smith County Sheriff's Deputies, however, are not confirming who the shooter is at this time.
3:54 p.m. UPDATE: Smith County Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Mitch Shamburger confirms he is about to go to the shooting scene to do an inquest. Shamburger says that's when he'll formally pronounce victims dead, as well as rule on the cause and manner of death.
He says he has also heard that two people are dead, although he can't say if they are male or female.
Shamburger says he plans to order autopsies for both victims.
PINE SPRINGS - According to the Smith County Fire Marshals Office, Sheriff's Deputies are responding to a shooting scene in the Pine Springs Area. The address we were given is in the 5300 block of County Road 334. Details are sketchy, but officials say two people may be dead. Names, ages and additional details are unknown at this time.
A KETK crew is on the scene and will bring you more information as it becomes available.