19-year-old Tarleton State student found shot in the face, police say

A Tarleton State University student was found shot in the face inside her apartment early Monday morning, police said.

The Stephenville Police Department identified the student as Jamie Richards, 19.

Police responded at 1:18 a.m. to the Oak Tree West Apartments, 2251 W. Lingleville Road, to a report someone had been shot, the Stephenville Police Department said in a statement. When officers arrived they found a Richards inside an apartment with a single gunshot wound to the face.

She was taken by Stephenville Emergency Medical Services to Clark Field and then taken by helicopter to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. She is listed in critical condition.

Tarleton State University Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Loren Boren released a statement via email on the incident.

"The university is saddened by this incident, and our thoughts are with Jamie Richards and her family at this distressing time.," said Boren. "We wish her a complete and quick recovery.”

Stephenville police Sgt. Sha King said they believe the shooting is related to a report of a shot being fired at the apartment complex at 9:55 p.m. Sunday. He said the caller told 911 dispatchers about hearing a loud bang, but was unsure if it came from inside or outside the apartments.

"Our officers responded immediately and arrived at 10:01 p.m.," King said. "They searched the east side of the building and a wooded field area for about 10 minutes but did not find anything related to a shooting."

King said they received a second call at 1:18 a.m. from neighbors who found Richards inside an apartment unit suffering from a gunshot wound.

"Right now we're still investigating this case and we are trying to reach out to neighbors and anyone in the area who can provide any leads," said King.

The Stephenville Police Department is seeking help from the public. Anyone with information should call the department at 254-918-1273 or Crime Stoppers at 254-965-2274.

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