Big Spring Birthday Party Shooting Leaves Four Injured

Nick Lawton
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - What started as a birthday party, at 1415 East 6th Street in Big Spring, ended in horror.

According to police reports, just before 11 P.M. Friday night, a white Chevy suburban drove by the home while people were celebrating on the front lawn.

A gunman rolled down the window.

NewsWest 9 was told a total of 12 shots were fired on that birthday party, hitting four people.

Authorities descended on the scene.

"I've seen about maybe six to eight cop cars parked out there," neighbor Joe Rodriguez said. "I've seen them out there with the flashlights just looking around so I knew something had happened."

"They blocked off the entire road," said neighbor Troy Axtens. "There were numerous officers with flashlights looking for shell casings in the road and in the bushes."

Bullet holes in the windows and dried blood on the porch shows how 47-year-old Daryl Washington of Lubbock was shot twice in the leg, 41-year-old Mark Johnson of Lubbock was shot once in the leg and 24-year-old Samantha Dawson of Midland was shot once in the neck and twice in the leg.

They're in a Lubbock hospital in unknown condition now while an unidentified 16-year-old girl was shot in the shoulder and taken to Scenic Mountain Medical Center in Big Spring.

The family of the home remains anonymous and they were not home.

90 minutes after the shooting, the Howard County Sheriff's Office stopped a matching vehicle and found enough evidence to arrest 20-year-old Holston Banks III of Big Spring.

He's now charged with four counts of aggravated assault and now lives in the Howard County Detention Center.

Neighbors called this violence a sign of the times.

"You see a lot of that around," Rodriguez said. "It really isn't that big of a surprise. A lot of things do happen in this little town."

"Nowadays, this happens more and more," Axtens said. "The only thing you can do is just try to be observant and careful."