Lufkin police charge man with murder in connection with shooting

Lufkin police charge man with murder in connection with shooting

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin police have served a warrant for murder on a Lufkin man in connection with the shooting of a 24-year-old woman.

Angelina County Jail records show Andre Montrel Woods, 21, is being held on a $1 million bond. He was arrested on a charge with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on Friday.

On Saturday, Lufkin police spokeswoman Jessica Pebsworth released a statement saying Ashleigh Elijah, 24, of Lufkin, had been declared medically dead and was on life support so her organs could be harvested for donation.

Pebsworth said Woods shot Elijah following an argument Friday evening. Elijah had recently moved to Houston but was visiting her friend on Chester Street for the weekend. According to Pebsworth, witnesses said Woods told Elijah's new boyfriend that they were still romantically involved. Elijah then told Woods to keep her name out of his mouth and they also argued about Woods telling Elijah's friend's boyfriend that they baby her friend was carrying was actually his.

According to Pebsworth, Woods then shot Elijah in the abdomen with a low-caliber rifle and walked away. He then returned and said, "(expletive) my aim is good" and shot her in the head at close range, according to Pebsworth.

Woods then ran into a wooded area and was arrested three hours later following a search.

According to Pebsworth, neighbors were able to give specifics on where Woods ran to and allowed them to narrow the perimeter.

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