BRISTOL — A Bristol man is charged with attempted murder after allegedly firing a shotgun at someone who confronted him while he was suicidal.
Rex Horton, 34, is charged with attempted murder, a Level 1 felony, following the Sunday afternoon incident. Police say he shot a man three times with a shotgun, leaving him alive but with life-threatening injuries.
Horton was taken into custody without incident shortly after the shooting, which happened near the Speedway Gas Station at 18541 U.S. 20, Bristol. Investigators characterized it as a random shooting after his arrest, and recently filed court documents related to the charge offer additional details.
The victim, a 41-year-old Goshen man, still had two of the projectiles in his body, according to police. He was taken by Medflight to Memorial Hospital of South Bend, where he was treated for life-threatening injuries including significant internal organ damage.
Horton was booked in the Elkhart County Correctional Facility without bond. His initial hearing is set for April 30.
A Level 1 felony is punishable by up to 40 years in prison.
According to court documents:
Officers with the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the gas station south of Bristol just before 4:30 p.m. for a report of a man who was shot. Information on the armed suspect’s location went out over the radio soon after that.
A patrol officer arrived at Gallops Gas Station, on the opposite side of S.R. 15, and saw a man holding a shotgun. He matched the suspect description given by people who witnessed the shooting.
The officer gave Horton verbal commands and he complied, dropping the shotgun and allowing himself to be taken into custody.
One witness had described seeing a man carrying some type of long object as he walked to an area with semi-trucks north of the gas station. A white pickup truck arrived and the man approached it.
The man and the driver were engaged in a conversation and then the witness heard at least three gunshots. She saw smoke coming out of the end of the object the man was holding and saw the glass from the pickup truck window shatter.
She then saw the driver of the truck come to the gas station. She said he looked bloody and appeared to have been shot.
Another witness said he heard numerous gunshots and went to the north side of the gas station, where he saw the pickup with shattered glass and the man covered in blood standing just inside the gas station. He said he saw a man carrying a long gun crossing S.R. 15, hiding in a ditch and eventually walking in the parking lot of the other gas station, where he was taken into custody.
Horton was later interviewed by the Elkhart County Homicide Unit. He told investigators that he left his Bristol residence with a shotgun in hand and was dropped off at the gas station.
He said he was considering suicide when the stranger in the pickup truck approached him. Horton said the man started talking to him when he pointed his shotgun and “shot at him.”