UPDATE: Suspect, victim identified in American Legion hall shooting
POSTED: Monday, February 18, 2013 - 4:10pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 11:55am
Henderson, TX (KETK) — UPDATE (3:04pm, Monday): Police have the confirmed identities of the suspect and victim in Sunday morning's fatal shooting at the American Legion Hall in Henderson.
KETK's newspaper partners, The Longview News-Journal, report that Joe Travis Watley, 60, is being held without bond in connection with the shooting death of 53-year-old Roy Lee Moore, of Henderson.
ORIGINAL STORY: A man was fatally shot inside the American Legion post in Henderson just after midnight on Sunday.
The incident happened around 12:20 a.m. On the 600 block of Sand St. In Henderson.
Several people on scene were already trying to help the victim, who has only been identified as a 53 year old black male, when police officers arrived.
The man had multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body.
When EMS arrived, officials immediately began driving the victim to a Longview hospital, but had to divert to a hospital in Kilgore due to the man's rapidly declining health.
The man succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. His identity is being withheld pending notification of family.
Witnesses on scene told police that the man and the shooter had both been attending a function at the American Legion.
When the victim got up from a table to go to another part of the building, he was shot several times by a man police have not yet identified.
The alleged shooter was not at the American Legion when officers arrived, but because of witness accounts, officers located him and took him into custody on the 300 block of Garden Lane in Henderson.
He is being held in the Rusk County Jail, and has been charged with murder.
The suspect has only been described as a 60 year old black male.
The victim and alleged shooter are both from Henderson.
Authorities are still investigating the incident, and an autopsy has been ordered on the victim. The suspected shooter is set to appear before a magistrate sometime on Tuesday.
KETK will continue to update this story as soon as we obtain more information.
According to their website, The American Legion is "the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans."
Note: The original press release from the Henderson Police Department incorrectly stated the location of the shooting to be the VFW post. The story has been updated with the correct location: the Henderson American Legion.