Identities Released in Ryder Shootings

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UPDATE:  Surveillance cameras both inside and outside the Ryder Star Bar tell the story of what happened in what officials say was a tragic incident.

The Ward County Sheriff’s Department says the video shows 32-year-old Thomas Lee Huston of Makoti going into the bar and confronting 49-year-old Danial Wayne Peterson of Makoti.

Investigators say Huston starts to leave the bar but circles back and fires one shot from a handgun, killing Peterson.

Deputies say Huston is then seen outside the bar and firing one more round before collapsing near the rear of a vehicle. They say he died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The department says there are no additional suspects, although they are continuing to investigate.

The small town of Ryder was rocked by an apparent murder-suicide late last night.

According to the Ward County Sheriff’s Department, deputies were called to the Ryder Star Bar & Grill around 10:15 Thursday night to respond to a shooting.

When authorities arrived, they found one man had been shot and killed inside the bar — and another man was dead next to a parked car outside the bar.

Sheriff’s officials say they determined that the man found dead outside was the suspect in the shooting death in the bar.

Authorities say the public is not in danger, and there are no other suspects in the case.

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