Lufkin shooting suspects arrested after previous altercation

By Whitney Grunder - email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – Gunfire erupted Friday at a Lufkin body shop, fortunately no one was hurt and police were able to arrest the alleged gunmen.

The manager of Unique Toyz said this is not the first time he has seen the two men who shot at him.  He said he was on his way to the shop when the driver of a Cadillac rammed his truck from behind.  The, about two minutes after he arrived at the shop, the same Cadillac pulled up and a passenger wearing a black bandana got out, started firing shots, first at the shop owner's truck, then at the owner, manager and his wife, according to the shop owner who did not want to be identified. "We didn't know what to do at that time. You don't think. You just take cover, you do something."  He said the incident is a spillover from a prior dispute at a Lufkin nightclub six months ago.

After describing the suspects to police, the manager and other witnesses led officers to the 100 block of Chambers Street, where they arrested 26 year old Gustavo Cesar Garza and 20 year old Edgar Arevalo, both of Lufkin.

A news release from LPD states, "after receiving verbal commands from the Officers, both suspects exited the residence and were detained by the Officers.  Once the witnesses positively identified the suspects as being the persons involved in the earlier altercation and shots-fired incident, the suspects were transported to Lufkin Police Department where they were interviewed regarding the reported incidents."

The manager of the business, who asked he not be named, said in an interview with KTRE that he was on his way to work when the driver of the Cadillac rammed him from behind. The manager kept driving and parked at work. That's when the shooter pulled into the business and fired shots at the manager's truck, his wife and the owner of the business.

The manager said he and the alleged shooter had a previous altercation at a Lufkin nightclub six months ago over "something stupid."

Unique Toyz is an automotive body repair shop.

One witness saw it all unfold as he walked out of the body shop office.

"You take cover, you know what I'm saying so I just went back into the office until everything died down," Henry Cregit said.

He said it was a miracle nobody was hurt.

"Opening fire on someone like that, innocent people could have been hit," Cregit said.

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