Varsity Place Apartments suspect now in Smith County Jail

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 6:55pm

Last week, we reported a story about the reoccurring violence at the Varsity Place Apartments and just today, one of the men involved was arrested.

The Tyler Police Department charged Sirbrycelon Shelton, 19, of Kilgore, Friday with burglary, but he was not arrested until he was released from the hospital.

Around 9:30 Friday morning, police got the call. Tyler Police PIO Don Martin told KETK, "We're trying to figure out who is the real victim here."

Police say it centered around Bradley Jackson, 19,  who had a meeting in his apartment with Shelton. Police say after this meeting, Jackson felt threatened and then Shelton reappeared in Jackson's doorway. "So he pulled out his gun, and shot him," said Martin.

UT student, Lucy Morales said, "We heard screams, and we just saw blood pouring out and the floor was just bloody, it was really scary." After the shooting, police say Shelton ran off. Marin said, "We followed the blood trail from building number 8 to building number 21."

"It's just really threatening that we have to come home to this," said Morales. "The only way we get alerts is through UT Tyler, through their emergency program." However Morales said she did not receive an alert when we were talking to her around noon. She said, "I do think the management could do so much more but honestly I just think they care about getting their money."

Another resident, TJC student, Lisa Sullivan said, "I was doing homework and I saw you guys outside so I just went to KETK." She already wanted to move out and after today she had simply had enough. She said, "I'm just leaving they can keep my deposit I don't care I don't want to get shot." Police found Shelton at Good Sheppard Hospital in Longview. They say he is being transported to Dallas for surgery.

Shelton is currently in the Smith County Jail. His bond is set at $150,000.


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