Second charge brought against alleged Tyler mall shooter

Monday, February 11, 2013 - 10:48am

Authorities placed an additional charge against Ricky Neal, Jr., the alleged gunman in the Broadway Square Mall shooting, Monday morning.

Neal, 23, of Tyler, is charged with murder and now, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Police later determined he also shot at Jonathan Lamone Dews,  29, of Tyler. His bail totals $1.25 million.

On Saturday, the accused shooter allegedly killed Chris Mass, 23, of Tyler, following a dispute involving Twitter, the social media site.

According to Tyler police, around 9:15 a.m., officials were dispatched to a shooting in the mall's parking lot near JC Penny.

According to police, Ricky Neal, Jr., and his girlfriend went to the mall to buy shoes at Champs. As they entered the mall, Neal noticed a group of men, one of which he had an issue with prior about "Tweeting" his girlfriend on the popular social media site, Twitter.

A confrontation ensued between Neal and another man from the group inside the mall. The confrontation continued to the parking lot.

According to authorities, Neal then pulled out a gun and shot the victim, later identified as Chris Mass multiple times, killing him. Mass was a former Chapel Hill High School football and basketball player. He attended Steven F. Austin in Nacogdoches, where he also played football.

According to Officer Don Martin from TPD, Neal was cooperative with authorities, and was taken into custody and will be charged with Homicide.

During the police investigation, a second person, Desmond Javon Black crossed over crime tape and ran towards the crime scene. He was then tackled by dozens of Tyler police officers and arrested for Interfering with Public Duties and Possession of  Marijuana. Police tell Fox 51 Black claimed to be a relative of Mass.


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