The ex-wife of a Katy man killed in a weekend shooting at work camp in North Dakota said the man was “a good person” and “a rock” for their daughter.
Houston resident Cathy Adams also said she and her daughter, Lauren Schild, were “shocked” by the news her ex-husband, Gerald Schild, 57, had been shot and killed Saturday night at the crew camp in North Dakota near the Canadian border.
“Jerry wasn’t just a guy who worked on a pipeline,”Adams told the Williston (ND) Herald. “He was a good person – very well-liked by the community.”
Adamsalso said an area racetrack will dedicate a race to Schild, who was an avid racecar driver, on Aug. 18.
Additionally,Adamsrecalled Schild’s love for his family, having once donated a kidney to his sister. She also said their daughter “idolized” her late father.
“That was her rock and her rock’s gone,”Adamssaid.
WilliamsCountysheriff’s deputies said Schild and anArkansasman identified as Travis Lomax, 38, were both shot during a disturbance at the pipeline crew camp near the community of Tioga in extreme northwesternNorth Dakota.
The incident occurred around10 p.m.Saturday at the Wanzek pipeline work camp.
Both shooting victims were transported to an area hospital for treatment of their wounds. Schild was pronounced dead at the hospital, while Lomax was flown on to a hospital inMinotfor additional treatment. He was later released from the hospital.
Sheriff’s investigators arrested Victor Scott Lamont, 24, fromLufkinand booked him on murder charges.
All three men were employees of the Michels Pipeline Company but were not on duty at the time of the incident.
Authorities have not said what led to the shooting and the investigation is continuing.
Company officials said both alcohol consumption and the possession of firearms are prohibited at the work camp.