UPDATE: STATEMENT FROM MIKE MEDDERS, UT TYLER CHIEF OF POLICE:
The University of Texas at Tyler Police Department works closely with the City of Tyler Police Department. The two agencies have a written mutual aid agreement, and the agencies frequently assist each other in investigating crimes that occur on or within the immediate vicinity of campus.
The University Police Department has gate access to both Cambridge and Varsity Place Apartments. UT Tyler PD officers make routine patrols through the complexes. Although these two complexes are not owned or operated by UT Tyler, we recognize that the activity occurring within these complexes, due to being within close proximity to campus, can affect the safety of our students, staff and faculty. Therefore, as well as working with Tyler PD, the University Police also work on solutions to problems in the area with the management at both complexes.
Due to the close proximity to campus, any time a crime occurs at one of these complexes, and it is deemed by authorities that there is or could be an ongoing danger to the campus community, a timely warning notification is sent out to students, staff and faculty to make them aware of the situation. This notification is required by the federal law commonly known as the "Jeane Clery Act."
Tyler Police Department:
TYLER (KYTX) - The two victims involved in the shooting that occurred at Cambridge Apartments are identified as Kendrick Harper, black male, age 24, of Dallas, Texas and Brandon Rainwater, black male, age 24, of Cedar Hill, Texas.
The two victims stated that they were asleep in their vehicle at the rear of the complex around 3:30 a.m. this morning when the suspect opened their car door and told them to give him everything they had. The suspect fired a gun into the vehicle several times striking Rainwater in the leg and Harper in the head, shoulder and wrist.
The suspect is described as a B/M wearing a black and white shirt. There is no further information about the suspect at this time.
Anyone with information about the suspect involved in this crime is urged to contact the Tyler Police Department, at 903-531-1000, or Crimestoppers at 903-597-CUFF (903-597-2833). Crimestoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and charges filed against the suspect in this case or any felony case.
TYLER (KYTX) - On Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 3:36 a.m., Tyler Police responded to ETMC in reference to two subjects that had been shot.
Officers arrived and located two males with non-life threatening gunshot wounds. The victims advised they had been at attending a Dice game at 3088 Old Omen road. The victims advised after the game they were sitting in their vehicle in the parking lot talking. They advised that an unknown black male wearing a black shirt approached their vehicle. They advised the black male pulled open the car door and began shooting them with a small handgun. They advised the suspect then fled on foot.
The victims drove themselves to ETMC for treatment. The investigation is on-going. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Tyler Police Department at 903-531-1000.