Suspect in Tyler drive-by shooting indicted on charges

Suspect in Tyler drive-by shooting indicted on charges
Zechariah Smith (Source: Smith County judicial records)

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A man who was allegedly involved in a December 2017 drive-by shooting has now been indicted on charges.

Zechariah Smith, 20, of Tyler, was indicted on charges of deadly conduct and possession of marijuana. Smith was indicted by a grand jury on Feb. 15 in the 7th Judicial District Court of Smith County, according to judicial records.

He was arrested back in December of 2017 after he allegedly fired seven shots into a home on Queen Street in Tyler.

"People in the neighborhood said, 'Hey, this particular car shot at this house and sped away,' " Tyler Police Department Public Information Officer Don Martin said at the time of the incident.

Police said the owners of the home showed up at the same time officers arrived and claimed to know who the suspect was. They also told police that it was related to an earlier disturbance in a nearby park that had occurred between the two.

A 17-year-old girl says she was with her sister at a nearby park, when a bottle was thrown at her head and bullets started to fly. The family returned home to find their home riddled with bullets.

"We get in the house and everything is messed up on the inside, we see bullet holes, all the shell casings and everything," the victim told KLTV.

The 17-year-old said she believed the altercation started because of a love triangle gone bad.

"I guess she's crazy. He told me he didn't have a girlfriend. I didn't know," she said.

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