Police ID 3rd victim in Lufkin park shooting

Winston Park (Source: KTRE Staff)
Winston Park (Source: KTRE Staff)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Detectives with the Lufkin Police Department believe they have identified the third victim in the shooting incident that occurred near Winston Park early Wednesday morning.

According to a press release, the victim has been identified as Darryl Bedford Jr., 26, of Lufkin.

"According to hospital personnel, Bedford is in stable but critical condition," the press release stated. "Detectives are still unable to speak with him."

According to a previous East Texas News story, Lufkin Police officers were dispatched out to Lufkin's Memorial Hospital at approximately 12:15 a.m. in reference to three gunshot victims who arrived at the emergency room.

Two of the victims, Uric Godet and Trasmin Perkins, both of Lufkin, sustained leg injuries. Both men were treated for their injuries and released.

The third victim was shot in the back, according to the press release. Shortly after that man arrived at the hospital ER, he was airlifted by helicopter to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.

Sgt. David Casper of the Lufkin Police Department said they did not identify the third man because the name they were given turned out to be an alias.

Casper said after interviews with several third party witnesses at the hospital, detectives believe the shooting was gang-related.

"Talking with witnesses and people that showed up at the hospital that may not have had first hand information, just word of mouth, and they've had a lot of names thrown around," Casper said.

Lufkin Police Department detectives were notified and responded to the scene.  During the initial portion of the investigation, detectives learned that the incident occurred in the vicinity of Winston Park located at 1009 Clinton Street in Lufkin.

"They located different caliber shell cases at the scene there," said Casper.

The investigation is ongoing. No arrests have been made at this time.

Anyone with information pertaining to the shooting is urged to contact the Lufkin Police Department at (936) 633-0356. People with information about this shooting incident can also provide information anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers of Lufkin at 9936) 639-TIPS or by submitting the tip at the Crime Stoppers Web site.

Crime Stoppers Tipsters never give their name and Crime Stoppers may pay a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest related to this incident.

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