KILLEEN, TEXAS (WKBW) - An army specialist from Wyoming County has died as a result of injuries suffered in a shooting on January 3 in Killeen, Texas.
25-year-old Austin James Sampson, who is from Bliss, NY, entered active duty service in July 2006 as a cavalry scout. He arrived at Fort Hood in November 2006 and was currently assigned to Headquarters Troop, 3rd Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, Fort Hood, since February 2010.
Sampson was one of three men shot outside of the Star Mart Convenience Store. Two of the males were immediately transported by ambulance to the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center and the third male was airlifted to Scott and White Memorial Hospital; all in critical condition. Witnesses say that a black male with dreads got out of a white Lincoln Towncar, approached the maroon SUV and shot the three occupants.
Sampson deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from November 2007 to January 2009. He also deployed in support of Operation New Dawn from August 2010 to August 2011.
Sampson's awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, two Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with three campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and Overseas Service Ribbon.
Circumstances surrounding this incident are currently under investigation by the Killeen Police Department.