What is up with Amarillo?  It's almost as if it gets tired of crime and there will be a lull and then boom, it hits all at once.

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That is what happens with shootings in Amarillo.  We can't just have one, when they occur they occur multiple times and then it calms for a bit.  Then, bang, bang, bang.  One right after the other.  That seemed to happen in Amarillo over the weekend, where multiple shootings occurred and one included an officer-involved shooting.

In the early morning hours of Sunday, July 19th at 12:54 am.  Amarillo Police officers responded to a shooting at a local shopping center located at 4515 S. Georgia.  A party had been taking place at an events center located in the shopping center.  Upon arrival, APD officers found a shooting had occurred and multiple people were injured.

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A fight had broken out among the attendees of the party.  Someone started shooting and 7 people were injured.  One person died at the scene while 6 other victims were taken to local emergency rooms.  Another victim died at a local hospital due to their injuries.  The other 5 victims suffered various injuries and are expected to recover.

The deceased were identified as Semagea D. Smith, a 32-year-old male, and Dequincton T. Taylor, a 28-year-old male.

The Amarillo Police Homicide Unit is still investigating and no arrests have been made at this time.

As if two deaths from shootings weren't enough for Amarillo. Later in the day...

On Sunday, July 19th at 8:19 pm, an Amarillo Police Officer was conducting a traffic stop near 36th and 9th Avenue.

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The license plate on the vehicle did not match the vehicle it was registered two.  Upon observation, the officer saw that three people were inside the vehicle so they requested backup to assist with the stop.  APD officers removed the driver from the car, while another officer was speaking with the passenger in the back seat.  During the conversation, the back-seat passenger exited the vehicle and pointed a gun at the officers.  The officers fired, striking the suspect. He died at the scene  The front-seat passenger was also struck during the gunfire.  She was transported to a local hospital where she later died from the injuries.

The deceased suspect was identified as Andrew Scott Norton, a 32-year-old male, and the email passenger was identified as Isidra Clara Castillo, a 38-year-old female.

The incident is still under investigation by the Amarillo Police Department Homicide Unit.

Four lives were extinguished over the weekend, and multiple injuries and countless families were devastated all because multiple people thought it was a good idea to pull a gun.

It's not worth it.  What was it for?  Someone got mad and wanted to show another person how tough they were, another didn't want to go to jail.  The loss of life and devastation was not worth it.

C'mon Amarillo we can do better.  Enough with the shootings.

REVIEW: Amarillo Homicides in 2022

The year 2021 saw a staggering 24 homicides in Amarillo, Texas--the highest number the city had seen since 1994. A lower figure for 2022 was predicted, but the year finished out with a total of 28 homicides.

Below is a partial list of those accused in this year's murders. We have intentionally left off this list those who have been No Billed by a grand jury, had their charges modified to a lesser offense, or wherein the accused is a juvenile.

This is not an exhaustive list and is subject to change, pending legal proceedings.

Updated: January 10, 2022

Amarillo Murders in 2021

With an official tally of 27 murders, the year 2021 saw the highest number of homicides in Amarillo since 1994.

Below is a closer look at the year's criminal acts that resulted in life lost.

**Note from the Editor: The following is not an exhaustive list. We have compiled what you see below from news reports, official police statements, along with where the case stands in the court system. If you see any errors in reporting or fact, please email the editor directly at sarah.clark@townsquaremedia.com along with any supporting documents.

We wish to stress that all individuals charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

***Not pictured: Edward Matthew Gamez

Executed Death Row Inmates from the Texas Panhandle

The following individuals were convicted of Capital Murder for crimes committed in the Texas Panhandle (Amarillo and its surrounding areas) and sentenced to death by lethal injection. Read a brief summary on the area's executed Death Row inmates.

All information and photos have been taken from TDCJ and court records.

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