Shooting At Tyler Home Kills One

An East Texas man is in jail, charged with the shooting death of man at a North Tyler home.

The shooting happened around 1 a.m. at a home in the 700 block of Morris St. Authorities say 36-year-old Loniel Coneal Hall fired a handgun from outside one of the home's bedrooms killing 62-year-old Jodell Spencer.

Spencer's brother James, who was home at the time of the shooting, said Hall apparently snuck up on Jodell as he slept.  He said he was startled by the gunfire.

"I was hollering for my brother 'Jodell, Jodell what's going on' and I heard one shot and then I heard a flurry of shots... at least six more shots," he said. "It was one of the worst things I ever wanted to see, to see my brother like that, but I couldn't do nothing.

Jodell Spencer died a short time later at a local hospital.  Police said a call from neighbors helped them catch up to Hall a short time later.

He's in the Smith County Jail on a $250,000 bond.  The alleged murder is just the second in Tyler this year.

Chris Gibson, reporting