Residents say their East Lubbock neighborhood is relatively quiet, except for the occasional passing train. "I've lived down here for seven years and I've never seen anything like this," says neighbor, Penny Hastings. But Monday night was a different story.
Police say Robert Lane and Johnny Lee Smith were having a heated argument at the starlight apartments when Lane allegedly pulled out a gun shooting Smith twice in the torso. Lane then fled the scene, but returned 15 minutes later turning himself in.
"It's an on going investigation. The suspect had left the scene and returned to the scene last (Monday) night so we did interview him," says Cpl. Bill Carter, an Investagator with the Lubbock Police Department. Authorities say Lane has not been charged and told police he shot smith in self defense.
NewsChannel 11 found Lane at his apartment on Tuesday gathering his belongings. He did not wish to comment about the altercation. Police are still sorting out conflicting statements from Lane and eye witnesses.
"He is claiming something different and since we have conflicting stories we will present the case to the District Attorney's office for review and then present to the Grand Jury. But whether this case is ruled a murder or not, residents are stunned their neighbor and close friend is gone.
"He was a quiet person. He fixed TV's and electronics for people in the neighborhood," says Hastings.
"He's gonna be missed and in my heart you know," says neighbor, Bobby Reed.
If police rule this a homicide it will be the fourth in Lubbock so far this year. The second in East Lubbock. The first homicide in East Lubbock is still under investigation. It happened back in January when 78-year-old Ms. Davis, also known by neighbors as the 'Candy Lady', was murdered.
If you have any information on either of these investigations. You are urged to call Crime Line at (806) 741-1000.