UPDATE (9:30 A.M.) – A shooting victim in front of Lufkin Middle School has been identified as a Nacogdoches teenager and he remains in critical condition.
17-year-old La’Patrick Wright was shot at roughly 8:30 p.m. after a brief exchange with two black men, according to a friend he was talking to before the shooting. The friend said that at least four shots were fired.
Four Lufkin Police officers were working security at the Lufkin/Nacogdoches basketball game when they heard the shots. They ran to the front of the school to find Wright on the ground.
The men fled down Denman Avenue toward Martha Street. One was tall wearing a dark-colored hoodie and the other wearing light-blue pants with a white stripe.
The shooting occurred during the Nacogdoches-Lufkin basketball game, but Officer Jessica Pebsworth with Lufkin PD says that the shooting had nothing to do with the rivalry.
Wright was flown to a Houston hospital where he has been stabilized but remains in critical condition.
LUFKIN, Texas (KETK) – Police are responding to a reported shooting near Lufkin Middle School, according to the Lufkin Police Department.
The shooting took place around 8:30 p.m. when officials received a call about a wounded man in the horse-shoe drive of the middle school.
According to the department, a witness told them a man was speaking with two other men when shots rang out.
The suspects ran off down Denman Avenue toward Martha Street. The witness described the suspects as two black males, one tall wearing a dark-colored hoodie and the other wearing light blue pants with a white stripe.
The victim was transported to a local hospital with unknown injuries.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact the Lufkin Police Department at (936)633-0356 or Crime Stoppers at (936)639-TIPS
This is a developing story and KETK will update as information becomes available.