Shots were reported fired around 11:10 p.m. Tuesday. The two men were injured in what appeared to be a gunfight between them.

Cory Lee, 18, and Jesus Vega Mata, 32, both Gainesville residents, were taken via Careflite to John Peter Smith Hospital in Forth Worth for treatment. Their conditions are unknown as of press time. Hospital officials were contacted but did not have information on the men.

The incident occurred outside the Corner Store at 1003 N. Grand Ave. Witnesses say the area around the gasoline pumps were roped off as police investigated the scene. The incident is still under investigation and the station is open for business.

“All we can say at this point is that there was some kind of altercation that happened in the parking lot,” said Capt. Steven Fleming of the Gainesville Police Department, Wednesday afternoon.

Fleming said due to the Health Information Privacy and Portability Act (HIPPA) information concerning their conditions could not be released, and even the Gainesville police are uncertain.

Fleming said there was group of people around the two during the time of the altercation. He said he did not suspect it was a situation involving two rival groups.

Mata was shot in the arm and the back with shots from a handgun, according to reports. No report was received on Lee.

The two were acquaintances, according to the report.

Corner Store employees said they were not allowed to comment by order of their management, Valero Energy Corp.

A corporate spokesperson said the incident occurred near the station, but not technically on the company’s property.

“It was something that did not happen on our property, so we could not comment on it,” according to Denise Brady of Valero’s corporate communications office.

Earlier that evening a theft occurred at the same station. Police reports indicate a person drove off with $34 worth of unleaded gasoline at 5:36 p.m. Tuesday.

Reporter Andy Hogue may be contacted at andyhoguegdr@ntin.net

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