HOUSTON – Two women were found dead and a baby was taken to the hospital after a shooting on Monday at Texas A&M-Commerce, according to university officials. A man believed to be the ex-boyfriend of one of the women is accused in the fatal shooting.
The victims were identified by the university as 19-year-old Deja Matts and her 20-year-old sister Abbaney Matts. The two-year-old child is Abbaney Matts’ son.
University police tweeted that 21-year-old Jacques Dshawn Smith, believed to be Abbaney Matt’s ex-boyfriend, is accused in the shooting. Smith is not a student of the university.
“An arrest warrant was obtained through the use of surveillance and witness tips,” officials wrote. “A&M-Commerce University Police Department led the investigation with the help of the Texas Rangers, FBI, DPS, ATF, Mesquite Police Department, Commerce Police Department, Hunt County Sheriff’s Office and Hunt County Homeland Security.”
Deja Matts was a freshman at A&M-Commerce where she was pursuing a public health degree. Abbaney Matts was not enrolled at the school, according to the university.
At 10:17 a.m. on Monday morning, a student called university police from the Pride Rock Residence Hall, a three story co-ed dorm for freshmen students. When officers arrived they found the two women and an injured 2-year-old boy. The boy was hospitalized and has since been released to family.
The school's lockdown, which lasted about two hours, was lifted Monday afternoon. University police are still investigating the case.
Classes are canceled through Wednesday.
Shelter-in-place continues for the A&M-Commerce main campus - information will be shared here when it becomes available. https://t.co/1yxXusLvmQ— A&M-Commerce (@tamuc) February 3, 2020
Texas A&M-Commerce is about 65 miles northeast from Dallas. It's also about 235 miles north of the Texas A&M flagship campus, which is located in College Station. The school has about 6,000 undergraduate students and about 4,000 graduate students.
Last October, two people died and several more were injured after gunfire broke out at a late-night party in Greenville, meant to celebrate Texas A&M University-Commerce’s homecoming.