Lufkin Police arrested 3 persons in association with a reported drive-by shooting that occurred in the 600 block of West Grove Avenue Friday afternoon.

According to the press release, at 3:13 p.m., officers were called to the home, located near Frank Street, after shots were fired from a black Toyota Camry. Witnesses reported hearing four shots. Two adults and four children under the age of eight were in the yard at the time of the shooting. Thankfully, none of them were injured.

The vehicle fled the scene before officers arrived. Officers patrolled the surrounding areas for the vehicle and located it in the parking lot of apartments on Newsom Avenue, near CHI St Luke's Health Memorial Hospital.

When an officer approached the vehicle, three men bailed out on foot in separate directions. A fourth man remained in the vehicle. The officer held him at gunpoint until backup arrived. The man identified as Nicholas Hood, 18, of Lufkin, was then taken into custody.

Officers managed to rundown two of the three who fled on foot – one of them was identified as Keelan Larue, 17, of Lufkin. Larue also had a warrant for the May 22 shooting of a couple on Ellis Avenue.

Contributed Photo/LPD
Contributed Photo/LPD

The other suspect who was taken into custody was juvenile and information regarding his identity will not be released.

They will all be charged with engaging in organized criminal activity.

The fourth suspect remains at large.  Anyone with information on his identity or location is asked to call the Department at 936-633-0356 or Crime Stoppers at 936-639-TIPS if they wish to remain anonymous.

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