Shooting Victim Identified - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/14/08

Shooting Victim Identified

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"It makes you wonder if you want to step out in the street or even go out to your car or anything at night," says Albert Crabtree.

Crabtree has lived on the 500 block of 43rd Street for nearly 50 years. In that time he's seen his fair share of crime.

"We've had a lot of excess crime in the neighborhood, break ins and what have you," Crabtree said.

But he says nothing as serious as what happened around 3 p.m. Monday afternoon. Chris Cerna, 17, and a friend were walking down 42nd Street when a bullet came through the window of 528 42nd. The two boys took off towards 43rd Street and that's where Cerna collapsed.

EMS rushed him to UMC with a gunshot wound to the stomach. With guns drawn, police began the search for the suspect and a person of interest. Police say the person of interest, Terrence Essex, lives at 528 42nd Street, the same place where the bullet was shot from.

The suspect is described as a black man standing six feet tall and weighting around 200 pounds. He was last seen running from 528 42nd Street. Police believe he may be armed and dangerous.

"It makes you really wonder what's going on anymore," Crabtree added.

If you have any information about the whereabouts of Terrence Essex, please call Crime Line at (806) 741-1000.

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