Police Search for Suspect in East Lubbock Murder - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/21/04

Police Search for Suspect in East Lubbock Murder

Lubbock Police are searching for the person who shot and killed 20-year-old Martreon Moore. It happened around 2:30 Tuesday morning in the area of north Cherry and east Bates, just two blocks from the victim's home.

Police don't know geographically exactly where Moore was shot, but he ended up on a nearby porch, bleeding. The homeowner called 9-1-1. The call was the beginning of an entire trail of emotions. "So I said, 'There's a kid out here bleeding to death on the porch we need to call 9-1-1," said the witness. The witness said she heard two shots, then she looked outside and found Moore on her front porch. "This guy was trying to get in my house. He turned around and collapsed. I had a chair sitting on my porch," said the witness, "the only thing he said was 'They shot me, they shot me."

Moore was heading south after he was shot. The witness said she couldn't see past a nearby bush to see if anyone was chasing him. As of Tuesday afternoon, that made her the only witness. The witness' first reaction was to protect her family. She says gunshots are not an uncommon sound in her neighborhood.

Murder Discussion Dominates East Lubbock Community Meeting
A 20-year-old man was shot to death in East Lubbock early Tuesday morning. Meanwhile, residents are concerned about a rash of crimes saying something needs to be done.

Maureen Crawford has lived across the street since 1971, she agrees the recent rise of crime makes it unsafe for kids to play in the open. "We used to sit on the porch and enjoy the nice weather, but now we have to sit in the house, keep all our doors locked because of dangerous situations, scary situations too," says Crawford.

The blood is still fresh on the chair where Moore collapsed and a 20-year-old boy is dead, a scene not likely to be forgotten. "And I got to screaming and hollering 'Y'all need to get up. There's a young man out here dying on this porch. I called 9-1-1 and that's all it was," said the witness.

Police say the lack of witnesses is unusual in this case. They say they'll try to talk to family members about his friends and enemies. They'll also try to find out any situations that could've prompted someone to resort to killing.

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