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TYLER (KYTX) -  A 20-year-old Tyler mother is caught in the crossfire of what Tyler police say was gang related violence. 


Briana Young was found dead Tuesday night around 9:40 at the P.T. Cole park at Mockingbird Drive and Vine Avenue in Tyler, where she was playing with her 3-year-old son.

Neighbors and family friends are thankful her son was not harmed, but they're sad and angry that an innocent life was taken.

Cradling her granddaughter, neighbor Opal Roberson sits down with a CBS 19 crew and describes the sounds of gunfire that erupted just 6 feet away from her Tuesday night.

She was in a car on Mockingbird Drive with her daughter and granddaughter, when another car came towards them.

"A white, older car, like a Toyota or Cadillac 4-door came off of Vine on two wheels, turned that corner, and it was just like Rambo. He got out of that car, and opened up fire," Roberson says.

Roberson says the driver shot about six rounds. Police say he was shooting at someone inside the park.

"I told my daughter I have to go back, so I went back and she was deceased. The neighbors said he came up and turned around and came back and opened up fire again," Roberson says.

She says her son and daughter knew Briana.

"She was a real sweet girl. Real sweet. Loved helping people. She was a good mom. She had her child out at that park every day," Roberson says.

Community members are hoping those responsible will be caught soon.

Don Martin with the Tyler Police Department says, "We are looking into numerous leads to exactly what occurred, and who was involved. We found several shell casings within the park and in the street [Tuesday] night."

Roberson says her granddaughter's favorite place is the park - an area now off limits.   

"I'm quite sure there's a lot of people that won't go back there. I know I won't take my grandbaby back there!"

Roberson says she's staying put at home, and praying for an end to the violence.

There were about 30 people here at the park when the shooting happened. Police have interviewed them and are continuing to investigate. 

Roberson says the person she saw drive by and start shooting was a young black man in his early 20's in an older white four door car. 

Young's family was too upset to talk about what happened. This is the second death in the family.  Friends of the family say in 1999, Briana's brother died tragically as well.  Neighbors say the trial over his death just ended this past October.

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