Police investigating shooting at Varsity Place Apartments

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Gates blocked off at Varsity Place Apartments (Photo: Brandon Noble)

UPDATE: According to a press release from Donald Martin with the Tyler Police Department, police were called to Varsity Place Apartments, located at 3400 Varsity on Friday, Oct. 19, to the scene of a shooting that occurred around 9:30 a.m.

TJC student Bradley Jackson, age 19 of Dallas, who lives in apartment 804, was contacted by police. Jackson told officers that he believed he was being robbed by another black male suspect who was armed with a handgun standing at the doorway of his apartment.

Jackson produced a handgun and shot the suspect in his doorway. The injured suspect fled on foot leaving a blood trail that ended up in building 21 of the complex. Officers searched the apartment and failed to locate anyone inside.

Investigators discovered narcotics at the scene of the incident and believe it played a role into the motive of the shooting. Investigators are sorting out the details of the incident and are actively searching for the suspect that was shot.

Anyone with information about this shooting is urged to contact the Tyler Police Department, at 903-531-1000, or Crimestoppers at 903-597-CUFF (903-597-2833). Crimestoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and charges filed against the suspects in this case or any felony case.

Update: A 19-year-old TJC student was in his apartment at Varsity Place Apartments, Building #8, this morning, where he was confronted by a man whom the student felt was going to rob him, according to Tyler Police spokesperson Don Martin. The man left, then came back to the student’s apartment, causing him to feel threatened. The student then pulled out a gun and shot him, who ran away from the apartment.

Police followed a blood trail from Building #8 to Building #21, but were not able to locate a victim. Officers on scene say that one victim was taken to a local hospital by private car after the shooting. No word on the extent of the injury or if the victim was male or female. The shooter and witnesses are being interviewed; however, they are not calling him a suspect and have not placed him under arrest. Details are limited at this time.

More updates to follow.

Tyler Police at Varsity Place Apartments (Photo: Brandon Noble)

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