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Crime Blog: Tattoo artist shot, robbed at Baytown apartment complex

by khou.com staff

khou.com

Posted on August 5, 2010 at 3:58 PM

BAYTOWN, Texas—A tattoo artist was shot in the shoulder at a Baytown apartment complex late Wednesday night, and police on Thursday were still searching for suspects.

It happened just before midnight at a complex in the 4600 block of Village Lane.

Officers arrived to find Gary Spartley, 42, with what appeared to be a single gunshot wound to the shoulder.

Spartley told police he was at the complete to complete a tattoo for a client, but when he arrived, he was shot and robbed by two men.

Spartley said he didn’t get a good look at his assailants, but they managed to get away with about $8,000 worth of tattoo equipment.

At least one of the suspects is believed to have fled the scene in a white Ford Crown Victoria, police said.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Baytown Police Department at 281-422-8371 or Crime Stoppers at 281-427-TIPS.

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