Cherokee County Sheriff's Department Press Release
Jacksonville Daily Progress
At approximately 12:30pm today, Cherokee County Sheriff's Department received a call from an employee at the Rusk State Hospital stating they had a gunshot victim in the parking lot. The employee stated that the victim, Garrett Scott Curtis (W/M 22 years old from Alto), had gone to lunch and came back with a gunshot wound to his shoulder or neck area. Rusk Police Department initially responded and made contact with the victim, who was only able to give limited information before EMS was on scene and began treating him. The victim was flown to a Tyler hospital for treatment where he remains in ICU in stable condition. It is believed that the shooting did not occur on the grounds of the Rusk State Hospital, but investigators have not been able to obtain any detailed information from the victim on what may have happened, or where it happened. An Investigator is waiting at the hospital to speak to the victim as soon as he is able. No other information is available at this time.