COPPERAS COVE — Police on Tuesday arrested a man suspected of shooting a man’s thumb off with a shotgun and injuring two others after a rap battle Friday morning.
Justice of the Peace John Guinn arraigned Andrew Norris on Wednesday on three charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Guinn set Norris’ bond at $450,000.
Norris awaited booking in Coryell County Jail on Wednesday night.
Norris and the three victims participated in a rap battle in the 200 block of Erby Avenue on July 4 that went on until Friday morning.
According to the arrest affidavit, Norris allegedly left with several others in a Chevrolet Suburban after a disturbance, but the group returned a short while later.
One of the victims told police, who were dispatched to the scene at 12:25 a.m. Friday, that he approached the vehicle to try and reconcile the disturbance.
The same victim said that was when he noticed a pump-action shotgun between Norris’ legs in the car, stated the arrest affidavit. The victim tried to have a conversation with Norris for about 45 to 50 seconds but eventually turned and walked away.
While leaving, the victim allegedly heard Norris exit the vehicle and “rack” the weapon, the affidavit stated. The victim was shot in the right hand, causing him to loose his thumb. A second victim was shot in the right foot and leg. The third victim was shot in both arms.
Copperas Cove police continue to investigate.