BY KENNETH DEAN, firstname.lastname@example.org
The investigation into the shooting death of a young mother during a gang shootout in P.T.Cole Park last month continues as police search for a fourth suspect in the case.
Tyler Police detective Andy Erbaugh said his agency along with other law enforcement officials are actively searching for Elisha "EJ" Williams, 18, for his involvement in the death of Briana Young on July 30.
Ms. Young and her son were in the park with about 30 other people when shots rang out, as one gang decided to retaliate on a member of another gang.
Witnesses said Ms. Young ran to protect her child and was shot while making her way across the park. She died with her small child in her arms. The child was not injured, and no other injuries were reported in the shooting. Police said it involved multiple shooters firing more than a dozen rounds.
Erbaugh said police have not been able to locate Williams and need the public's help in locating him. Anyone with information about Williams or any other further details related to this case is urged to contact the Tyler Police Department, at 903-531-1000, or Crimestoppers at 903-597-CUFF (903-597-2833). Crimestoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and charges filed against the suspects in this case.
Police have made three arrests in the case. Rakheem Lamone Goldstein, 20, who turned himself in to authorities Aug. 9, is charged with murder, Dennis Montrell Bendy, 20, who surrendered to authorities several days later, and Ke'Avier Jarrod Wilson-Hurd, 20, who was arrested Friday, are charged with murder. Wilson-Hurd also was charged with the unlawful carrying of a weapon. All three men are being held in the Smith County Jail on $1 million bond each.