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Tyler police continue to investigate a Monday night shooting that left one man dead.

According to police, around 9:45 p.m., officers responded to the Kensington Place Apartments on Paluxy Drive after the report of a shooting. A caller told dispatchers that someone had been shot in the parking lot.

Joshua McGill, 21, was visiting his girlfriend, Kristen Beard, when she said someone knocked on the door asking for McGill.

"He came outside to see somebody and then when he walked out, not even five minutes later that's when we heard it. I tried to give him CPR but there was just blood coming up.That's when my roommate Kyle came over and was helping. Then there was a nurse over here that was pushing down and then I was breathing in his mouth. I had blood all over me, it was the scariest thing ever." said Beard.

According to Lieutenant Robert Plymail, McGill was being attended to by a resident when police arrived.

"The victim had been shot once in the back with a shotgun," said Plymail.

McGill was transported to East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, where he was later pronounced dead.

According to McGill's father, he graduated Whitehouse in 2010, when he went on to study psychology at Tyler Junior College. His dad said he always wanted to help people and eventually wanted to become a counselor.

Beard echoed those sentiments and said, "he was the sweetest, most generous person you'll ever meet. If you ever needed anything, he would do it for you. He'll jump the hoops to help you."

The case is under investigation by the Tyler Police Department. Plymail said it is believed McGill knew the suspect. No further details about any possible suspects were provided. Beard believes otherwise.

"He was at the bad place and the wrong time," Beard said. "I just want to find them and put them in jail".

McGill's father adds that his family is asking for prayers and hoping that their son can rest in peace.

If you have any information about this case, call the Tyler Police Department at (903) 531-1000, or Crime Stoppers at (903) 597-2833.  A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest in this case.

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