Waller County authorities arrested a man Friday believed to have been involved in the July shooting at the Texas World Speedway in College Station.
William Lamar Wagner, 19, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
According to the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office, around 10:30 p.m. July 1 first responders rushed to the Four Hoursemen Trail Ride and Campout event at the Texas World Speedway after receiving a report of a shooting. A 21-year-old man had been shot in the shoulder and was rushed to a College Station hospital. In the crowds and chaos, authorities did not locate a shooter but were able to make contact with witnesses who said they could identify the person suspected of being the shooter.
Authorities said a friend of the victim said he had been at a trail ride in Chappell Hill before the July event with Wagner. The man said during that event, Wagner attacked him with his car and on the night of July 1, the man and his friends wanted to confront Wagner in person about the previous incident.
Several people said they and the victim had gotten into a verbal argument with Wagner and his friends, officials said. At some point during the argument, Wagner is accused of taking out a gun and firing a shot into the victim’s shoulder.
“Following the shooting, the victim did not want to cooperate with police,” Brazos County Sheriff Chris Kirk said.
According to the sheriff’s office, the victim’s friends identified Wagner out of a photo lineup, but the victim — who survived his injuries and has been released from the hospital — did not participate.
Kirk said Wagner left Bryan-College Station the night of the shooting, but Waller authorities located him this week and Brazos County deputies traveled to Waller to pick up Wagner. Kirk could not comment on Wagner’s criminal history, but did say authorities have dealt with him before. His only arrest in Brazos County was on a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct in May.
Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and $10,000 in fines. Wagner is being held in the Brazos County Jail on $40,000 bond.