2 arrested amid investigation into gunshots heard in Tyler parking lot

2 arrested amid investigation into gunshots heard in Tyler parking lot
Bullet hole in van (Source: KLTV News Staff)
Tyler Police respond to shooting in parking lot of Best Buy
Tyler Police respond to shooting in parking lot of Best Buy
(Source: KLTV News Staff)
(Source: KLTV News Staff)
Van hit by bullet was in the wrong place at the wrong time. No one was inside it. (Source: KLTV News Staff)
Van hit by bullet was in the wrong place at the wrong time. No one was inside it. (Source: KLTV News Staff)
Photo of suspect video from inside business (Source: Viewer photo)
Photo of suspect video from inside business (Source: Viewer photo)

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Police are responding to shots fired in the Best Buy parking lot in Tyler.

Police received a report of gunshots fired in the parking lot of the store on South Broadway. It doesn't appear that anyone was injured, police say.

Tyler police sent a press release following the incident:


On 2-21-2018 at 2:30 pm., Tyler Police officers responded to the parking lot of Best Buy located at 5514 S. Broadway Ave in Tyler on report of gunshots heard at that location.  Witnesses saw what appeared to be a tan SUV, possibly a Lincoln SUV leaving the scene. There was damage to a Best Buy vehicle and a private vehicle but unknown if it was from the gunshots at this time.

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Shell casings were reported at the scene, however, police have been unable to locate them. According to Detective Andy Erbaugh with Tyler Police, the casings may have washed away in the rain or been picked up by someone at the scene. Crime Scene Investigators are headed to the scene, Erbaugh said, to look for those and other evidence.

Two possible suspects were located in the 5100 block of Copeland Drive in a vehicle matching the description given to officers. Both suspects were detained. They are being questioned. Both were found to be in possession of marijuana as well as a firearm, according to police. However, police have not said that these people are suspects in the shooting.

According to Erbaugh, a Geek Squad vehicle and a Kia Forte had "fresh damage" of some sort, possibly from bullet ricochet, though no one was believed to be in the vehicles at the time. This is still being investigated.

According to a bystander, an older model Ford Expedition pulled into the parking lot of a business on Copeland Drive, and multiple officer units pulled in behind the vehicle. A photo obtained from the bystander later showed the vehicle was actually a Lincoln Navigator.

"We got the doors locked and they were on the load speaker yelling at the car to put their arms out the window and step out one at a time," the witness said.

The bystander later said a police officer entered the business and said the suspects had allegedly been involved in a drug deal gone bad and shots had been fired in the Best Buy parking lot. Police have not confirmed that at this time.

Police are asking for camera footage from all local businesses. Erbaugh says the investigation is still ongoing at this time. He stressed that he does not believe the public is in any danger at this time.

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