Police ID victim in fatal shooting near UT Tyler as Lufkin man

WEBXTRA: Tyler police spokesperson gives update on shooting at The Foundry Apartments near UT Tyler

TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Police are searching for a suspect after a fatal shooting late Tuesday near the University of Texas at Tyler campus.

Tyler Police were dispatched to the Foundry Apartments at 3400 Varsity Drive around 11:15 p.m., where officers said one person was killed and two others were injured after an altercation ended in gunfire.

Police have determined the incident began as a drug deal between three people that turned into an altercation and then a shooting.

Police have identified the man who died as Armani Jewel Fields, 19, of Lufkin.

Emergency responders found two of the victims in the northeast corner of the apartment complex near building 2700, according to Tyler Police.

A third person, a woman uninvolved in the altercation, was struck by a bullet while inside her apartment.

One of the individuals shot was treated at a hospital with non life-threatening injuries. He has been identified as Tristan Craig, 20, of Henderson.

According to Tyler Police, a third gunshot victim later showed up at the UT Health Tyler emergency room in unknown condition.

A heavy police presence was reported in the area as law enforcement search for the suspect. Tyler Police, UT Tyler Police, the Tyler Fire Department and UT Health EMS all responded.

Just before 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, police were running search warrants at an apartment and at a pickup at the hospital, according to Tyler Police Lieutenant Eddie Sheffield.

A heavy police presence was reported after a fatal shooting on Varsity Drive in Tyler.
A heavy police presence was reported after a fatal shooting on Varsity Drive in Tyler. (Source: KLTV staff)

According to a campus-wide Patriot Alert notification sent to students, on-campus housing facilities were notified of the incident and students are asked to stay inside until a search of the area is completed.

The suspect was described as a light skinned black male, about 6′1″ tall, with hair styled in a man bun. He was wearing grey sweat pants and a grey sweater, according to the statement.

Two people were treated at a hospital for gunshot wounds after a shooting Tuesday night.
Two people were treated at a hospital for gunshot wounds after a shooting Tuesday night. (Source: KLTV staff)

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact the UT Tyler Police Department at (903) 566-7300 or the Tyler Police Department at (903) 531-1000.

The identity of the deceased is not being released pending notification of next of kin.

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