Report: Person taken into custody following Tyler shooting

Published on Friday, 14 March 2014 17:04 - Written by

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BY KENNETH DEAN, kdean@tylerpaper.com

A shooting Friday left one man injured and Tyler police searching for unknown suspects. 

Police were dispatched to an unnamed apartment complex at 710 S. Kennedy Ave. just before noon Friday in rerference to a disturbance in progress, but once they arrived on the scene they found 19-yer-old Gregory Rolling suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.

Det. Andy Erbaugh said Rolling was initially combative with officers, but was quickly subdued and transported to Mother Frances Hospital where he was treated for a gunshot wound that began in the forehead and exited in the front of the top portion of his head. 

Erbaugh said the injury did not appear to be life-threatening.

Residents of the area said Rolling ran from his apartment and down the street holding his head.

"I heard all of this commotion and I looked out and seen (Rolling) running from here to there shouting he'd been shot," 79-year-old resident Jerri Hall said. "They shot him in the head."

Erbaugh said Rolling told officer en route to the hospital that a Hispanic man about 6 feet tall and between 190 and 200 pounds shot him, but witnesses told detectives that several black males were seen in Rolling's home with guns at the time of the shooting.

"We are questioning the witnesses and trying to determine what exactly happened," he said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Tyler Police Department at 902-531-1000 or the Tyler/Smith County Crimestoppers at 903-597-2833.