UPDATE #1 (9:00 A.M.) – The victim from a Thursday morning shooting in Smith County has been identified as 17-year-old Zane Collier.
Collier was a senior at Chapel Hill High School and was set to turn 18 on May 9.
According to family members, a friend had come over to Zane’s home and they “were hanging out outside.” Collier’s sister went inside while they were outside because the friend was “acting weird.”
A short time later, gunshots rang out and Zane was found on the ground. He would later die from his injuries at UT Health Tyler.
Smith County deputies are still working the scene and will release more information later.
Chapel Hill ISD released a statement on Zane’s passing:
We were deeply saddened this morning to hear the news of the passing of one of our students. Mr. Zane Collier was a senior at Chapel Hill High school, set to turn 18 next month. As a father, this is simply unimaginable and my heart goes out to Zane’s family.
When our school community experiences a tragedy, such as the loss of a young life, it impacts us all. This is difficult and challenging to process, and we realize that a tragic event such as this can generate high levels of anxiety and distress in students. The District’s crisis team has responded and will be helping to support students and staff as they process their grief. This support will continue as long as necessary.
Our condolences, our thoughts, and our prayers go out to the Collier family and all of Zane’s friends. I know that our entire community joins me in expressing condolences.Lamond Dean, Chapel Hill ISD Superintendent
TYLER, Texas (KETK) – One man is dead following a shooting in Smith County north of Tyler, according to the sheriff’s office.
Deputies responded to the scene in the 4800 block of Holiday Hills Road just after 3 a.m. Thursday morning. The victim was found in the driveway of a home and was taken to UT Health Tyler where he was later pronounced dead.
The identity of the victim has been withheld, pending family notification.
Smith County Investigators along with the Crime Scene Unit arrived on the scene and are currently in the process of investigating this offense.
Witnesses and potential suspects have been contacted and are being questioned.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.