Fort Hood officials Monday released the name of a soldier who died Friday at Scott & White Hospital in Temple.

Spc. Austin James Sampson, 25, of Bliss, N.Y., was one of three men critically injured in a shooting that occurred at 5:27 p.m. Thursday in the parking lot of the Star Mart Convenience Store in the 1700 block of Old Farm-to-Market 440 in Killeen.

The other two men were transported by ambulance to Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood. Sampson was airlifted to Scott & White Hospital in Temple that night, according to a Killeen Police Department news release.

Witnesses told police a black man with dreads got out of a white Lincoln Towncar, approached a maroon sport utility vehicle and shot the three occupants. The suspect then fled south on Old FM 440.

Sampson entered active-duty service in July 2006 as a cavalry scout. He arrived at Fort Hood in November 2006 and, since February 2010, was assigned to Headquarters Troop, 3rd Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment.

Sampson deployed to Iraq from November 2007 to January 2009 and from August 2010 to August 2011.

Sampson’s awards and decorations include an Army

Commendation Medal, two Army Good Conduct Medals, a National Defense Service Medal, an Iraqi Campaign Medal with three campaign stars, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, an Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Service Ribbon.

Detectives are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at (254) 526-8477, go to or text BELLCO along with the tip to 274367.

All information is confidential, and tips leading to an arrest could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 in cash.

Contact Rose L. Thayer at or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here.

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