LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - UPDATE: Lufkin police have released the identity of three people who were injured in a shooting overnight.
According to police, the victims in this morning’s shooting are identified as Courtney Brown, 30, her boyfriend Jadelfrick Benton, 25, both of Lufkin, as well as Trevion Skillern, 18, of Lufkin, who has been identified as one of the suspects.
According to police, Brown told officers that three men showed up at her home on Ellis Ave. with guns early yesterday morning demanding money from her boyfriend. She said they promised to pay them today to prevent anyone from getting hurt and the men left.
She said the same three men returned to her home with guns around 3 a.m. today to collect the money. She said she was with her brother in his vehicle when the men approached on foot and began fighting with her boyfriend in the driveway. She said she ducked down in the seat when she heard shots fired. She was struck in the forehead. She then called 911 and drove herself to a nearby hospital.
Police said her brother fled the vehicle on foot, but she was unsure of what happened to her boyfriend. She said the last thing she saw of her boyfriend before ducking down was him trying to wrestle a gun out of one of the men’s hands.
Roughly 30 minutes later, one of the suspects – later identified as 18-year-old Trevion Skillern – was taken by ambulance to a local hospital with a gunshot wound to the shoulder/chest area. He told officers that he ran to his home after the shooting.
Police said Skillern said he had gone to the home on Ellis Avenue by himself to be paid money he was owed by a man he barely knew named “Jay.” He said he was pistol-whipped, assaulted by three people, although he could not describe them, and shot.
Police said at 6:30 am., one of Benton’s family members called 911 for him from Lotus Lane Apartments. He showed up at their apartment after the incident with a gunshot wound to the hand. He was taken to a local hospital.
Police said Brown and Benton’s injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. The bullet did not penetrate Brown’s skull.
Skillern has been transported to an out-of-town hospital. He is expected to recover. Charges against him are pending.
“Though we have two suspects at large, we do not believe there is a threat to the public,” said Jessica Pebsworth, a spokeswoman for the Lufkin Police Department.
The incident remains under investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Department at 936-633-0356 or Crime Stoppers at 936-639-TIPS.
PREVIOUS STORY: From the Lufkin Police Department:
We are investigating an overnight shooting outside of a home on Ellis Avenue in which at least three people were injured.
Around 3 a.m., officers were called to Ellis Ave. for a report of a wounded female. Once they arrived on scene, they learned there was also a male victim.
Neighbors reported hearing between 10-20 shots and officers found numerous shell casings scattered outside the home and down Wesch Drive.
We believe there were at least three shooters involved in the incident. It appears the incident began over a disagreement about money being owed to someone that had not been repaid.
We do not believe either of the victims have life-threatening injuries, based on preliminary hospital reports. They are both still being treated at this time.
At 6:30 a.m., we received a call of a third wounded person – a male – at Lotus Lane Apartments. He was named by witnesses as one of the shooters in the Ellis Avenue incident. He is being taken to a local hospital to be treated for what appears to be a non-life threatening wound. An officer will stay with him at the hospital to ensure he does not escape custody.
“As you can tell, there are lots of moving parts to this investigation and what we have been able to share at this point is preliminary information,” LPD Public Relations Specialist Jessica Pebsworth said. “Though we believe there are involved parties still at large, we do not feel there is a threat to public at this time. It appears the involved parties knew each other and this was not a random act.”
The incident remains under investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Department at 936-633-0356 or Crime Stoppers at 936-639-TIPS