UPDATE: Authorities Investigate North Odessa Shooting as Murder
Feb 03, 2013 (Odessa American - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
In the moments after Randy Ray Brooks Jr. suffered from gunfire that would kill him in what authorities would investigate as a murder, the man's father said he returned from the store and saw an SUV driving away.
"It was just pulling off. Looked like two or three, maybe four people inside," Randy Brooks Sr. said outside his son's mobile home a few hours, after his son died at Medical Center Hospital. Initially, he said, neighbors mistook gunfire for firecrackers.
Randy Brooks Sr. and his son's cousin Scott Warren said they couldn't imagine why someone would kill their loved one, a 37-year-old U.S. Navy veteran.
"He was always an upbeat, good guy," Warren said. "He was very giving."
By late Saturday night, the Ector County Sheriff's Office had yet to release many details about the case. The investigation was ongoing, spokesman Sgt. Gary Duesler said in an email, and no suspects were in custody.
Deputies first responded to a report of shots fired at about 4:16 p.m. at 7323 Kentucky Ave.
Public records show Randy Ray Brooks Jr. lived at the home, and deputies confirmed late Saturday night that he was the victim. Brooks was listed in critical condition Saturday evening before he died at 6:55 p.m.
Sgt. Gary Duesler said by email Saturday evening said investigators believe the man was alone in the residence when the shooting happened, but did not elaborate. At the scene Saturday afternoon, officers with the Criminal Investigation Division were seen documenting evidence, and investigators were talking to neighbors.
Randy Brooks Sr. said he went to the hospital to see his son, but he died before he got the chance. Warren said hospital officials told him Randy Brooks Jr. suffered a gunshot wound to the back of his head.
The Sheriff's office had not commented on the injuries or the number of shots fired.
Randy Brooks Sr. said his son got out of the Navy a few years ago and held a variety of jobs, including a stint as a trucker. Warren said his cousin most recently worked a casing job in the oilfield.
Anyone having information on this incident is asked to call the Sheriff's office at 335-3050.
Contact Corey Paul on Twitter @OAcrime on Facebook at OA Corey Paul or call 432-333-7768.
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