SWEETWATER, Tenn. (WATE) — Five people including a child were shot Tuesday at a Sweetwater home, according to authorities. One of the victims has died.
Tuesday evening, the Madisonville Police Department said a person of interest was being sought.
The person being searched for was Liu Gabriel Huerta, he was arrested Wednesday evening. The 26-year-old is 5’5″ and weighs 189 lbs. He also has brown eyes and black hair. Police add that he has a heart tattoo between his eyebrows. Law enforcement said Huerta is believed to be traveling in a White 2014 Nissan with tinted windows and a busted driver’s side tail light. Monroe County Sheriff Tommy Jones confirmed that the Nissan is registered with the blue Tennessee tag BCC6220.
Anyone with information about Huerta or his vehicle is asked to contact the Monroe County Dispatch Center Non-Emergency number at 423-442-4357. Police add that you should not attempt to approach him as he is considered armed and dangerous.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Sweetwater Police and Madisonville Police are investigating the shooting that took place Tuesday at a residence on Hawkins Road in the Sweetwater area of Monroe County. The Sheriff’s Office said that around it was dispatched around 4 p.m. for the shooting.
One of the gunshot victims arrived at Sweetwater Hospital in a personal vehicle to be treated late Tuesday, according to Sweetwater PD. Because no suspects were in custody at the time, hospital staff placed the building on lockdown.
The action startled the community, prompting local police to respond on social media.
“There has been no threat to Sweetwater Hospital. The lockdown has been lifted due to the victim being transferred to another hospital,” said Sweetwater Police in a post on Facebook.
The Sweetwater Hospital Association shared on social media that all their employees are safe.
“We are working with officials to keep our facility secure until the situation is resolved. We value the safety of our patients and our staff. We remain open for anyone who needs emergency care,” reads a statement from the association.
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The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is assisting with the investigation.
Editor’s Note: This story has been updated.