Who killed "Wild Bill"? Deputies investigate Shady Brook shooting

By Layron Livingston - bio | email

CHEROKEE COUNTY, TEXAS (KLTV) - Spray-paint on the mailbox and trees marked the signs of Friday night's investigation.

Saturday morning, Cherokee County animal control officers rescued three dogs from 111 Jackie Street.

We learned the owner of those dogs--a man, possibly in his 50's--was known by neighbors as, "Wild Bill."

"[The] old boy's life was gone," said Bill Childress. Childress lives just yards from the victim's home.  He said he heard two distinct gunshots around 5 p.m. Friday afternoon.  "Wild Bill's" body was found a couple of hours later in his driveway.

"If I would have got in my vehicle and went around there, I would have been able to try to save the guy," he said.

Authorities have not released the victim's legal name, but we're told "Wild Bill" lived alone in his home.

"One day, he was out in his yard," said Childress.  "I passed him and said, 'how are you doing, sir,' and he looked at me like he was on planet Jupiter, or something."

Other neighbors we spoke to said "Wild Bill" began acting strangely during the past few years, but said he was a decent neighbor.

It's still unknown whether the shooter, or shooters are from inside the Shady Brook neighborhood.

It is also uncertain why exactly "Wild Bill" was targeted.

Calls to the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department were not immediately returned.

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