One man is in critical condition at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth after he was shot in the head during an altercation in Bluff Dale late Sunday night.

Donald Edwin Wright, 45, of Bluff Dale was shot in the head with a pistol and was airlifted to the Fort Worth hospital.

Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant said the shooter has not yet been identified.

Sheriff's deputies responded to the scene after dispatch received a 911 call reporting that shots had been fired, Bryant said.

Bryant would not release many details about the case, citing the ongoing investigation, but said the shooting was part of “a large altercation involving several people.

“The investigators working the case have still not determined what started the fight, Bryant said.

What is known, however, is that Thomas Harris, Jr., 40, of Tolar had spent the day with his sons fishing in Bluff Dale. At some point, on their way home, they came in contact with another group and a fight ensued.

Harris was treated for injuries to his head, back and arms he sustained during the fight.

Dale Wesley Dove, 46, of Bluff Dale was charged with aggravated assault, but authorities said they do not believe he was the shooter. Dove was released from the Erath County Jail after posting a $30,000 bond.

The case has been sent to District Attorney John Terrill for review.

SARA VANDEN BERGE is Managing Editor of the Empire-Tribune. She can be reached at 254-968-2379, ext. 240.