Lufkin Police investigate shooting death

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police are investigating a shooting death of a Lufkin man on the 700 block of Cotton Belt Street at around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.

According to police spokesman J.B. Smith, Joseph Cooper, 63, died from a single gunshot wound to the upper torso area. Smith said it was unclear if Cooper died at the scene or at a Lufkin hospital.

Neighbors heard several gunshots fired, and 14-year-old Allison Walker said she heard a vehicle drive by the house at least two times, firing shots.

"About five gunshots the first time, two the second time," said Walker.

No arrests have been made but as the investigation continues, the victim's family members wait for answers.

"Maybe they weren't targeting him but for them to drive by here with the yard full of people and just to shoot, then they were trying to kill somebody," said Cooper's niece Donnya Meyers.

She says police haven't been able to disclose too much information, but have told family it's possible her uncle was not the shooter's intended target.

"He was just kind of like an innocent bystander. That's hard for all of us to grasp right now," said Meyers.

The family still can't believe their loved one is gone. They say although Cooper was a single man, living alone, he had so many who enjoyed his company.

"I just hope they find the person that did this, or persons, and let justice take care of itself," said Cooper's niece Veronica Beasley.

Cooper's family is now trying to cope with this sudden death. They plan to have Cooper's funeral next Wednesday.