TYLER, Texas (KETK) — Two Athens men are dead after a shooting at the Royal Crest Apartments at 1909 Sybil Lane in Tyler on Thursday night, police said.

According to police, the incident happened around 9:50 p.m. Officers on the scene found a vehicle in the parking lot with two victims.

Police said both victims, who have been identified as Donovan Dodd, 19, and Ladarius Jackson, 17, both of Athens, were dead with multiple gunshot wounds.

Shortly after the first call, police said they received a call from another victim on Park Place who had been shot at the apartment complex.

“This was all a part of the same shooting, just happen to be that, that person left the scene and went over to Park Place where he contacted us,” said Andy Erbaugh, Public Information Officer with Tyler Police Department.

Aaron Johnson (Courtesy: Smith County Judicial Records)

The victim was taken to a local hospital and later released.

On Friday, 20-year-old Aaron Johnson, who was identified as the person who was shot during the incident, was arrested for capital murder with a $2 million bond.

18-year-old Nicholas Hudson was arrested for two counts of murder, each with a $1 million bond.

“This is not a random shooting, this was a meetup or a meeting, so they were all known to each other,” said Erbaugh.

Nicholas Hudson (Courtesy: Smith County Judicial Records)

Tyler police said the department is trying to figure out why the men were at the complex.

“I don’t know why they met there, because the two deceased were from Athens and I think pretty much everyone involved is not from Tyler, so I’m not quite sure what the connection is and why they were here but unfortunately they were,” Erbaugh said.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact the Tyler Police Department at 903-531-1000. They would also like any video from doorbell or security cameras.

  • Crime scene at Royal Crest Apartments
  • Tyler Police Crime Scene van

The investigation is ongoing, and officials said information will be released as it progresses.