Around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, the Gregg County Sheriff's Office says it responded to a shooting at the El Greco Club located in the 1300 Block of Old Highway 31. That's just east of Kilgore. Tarraina Sheffield Mumphrey, 30 of Mesquite was caught in the gunfire and killed.
The Sheriff's office says a man was thrown out of the club Sunday morning, but later returned firing several shots from the parking lot. Mumphrey, authorities say was caught in the middle of it. According to witness accounts to the police, the suspect took aim on a security guard outside the front door. Mumphrey with no regard to her safety stepped in between them. Mumphrey was rushed to a hospital, but later died.
"She's not going to be here because some other person decided to take somebody else's life," said area neighbor Annie Jackson. Neighbors in the area see Mumphrey's act as extraordinary.
"Well, it seems like that lady was a hero and trying to keep down trouble and confusion," said area resident Mike Cooks.
"This is a person that was probably trying to do the right thing, to help someone else out and lost her life," said Jackson. The suspect authorities fled the scene. He's described as a black male, late 20's and around 290 pounds. He was wearing a white shirt with blue dots and jeans. Why Mumphrey stepped in front of a gun we may never know, but her courage has neighbors remembering her.
"Its always a sad thing when somebody loses their life, and especially unexpected and needlessly like that," said Cooks. Funeral arrangements are pending for Mumphrey through Cunningham Funeral Home in Kilgore. Anyone with information on the shooting suspect is asked to call the Gregg County Sheriff's Office.