This morning while passing by Broadway Mall business appears to be going on as usual with the exception of the police cars, crime scene tape and the body of the deceased at the entrance of J.C. Penney’s.
As the stores open their doors this morning, 25-year-old Ricky Neal Jr. of Henderson and his girlfriend went to the Mall with the intention of purchasing a pair of shoes from Champ's Shoe Store. Once Neal was inside the store, he was confronted by four males. After the confrontation Neal left the shoe store, went to his car and asked his girlfriend to purchase the shoes. While Neal's girlfriend was inside the store, two of the men came out into the parking lot and continued the confrontation. At this point, Neal pulls out a gun and fatally shoots one of the males.
The victim has been named as 23-year-old Chris Mass. Mass' hometown has been noted as Tyler. Many across East Texas know Mass by his sport accomplishments. Mass was in his junior year at Stephen F. Austin. He was a football player at the University and played the following position: QB/WR/DB.
Tyler police are investigating whether the Castle Law will carry over to a situation such as this one.
The Castle Doctrine is an American legal doctrine that designates a person's abode (or, in some states, any place legally occupied, such as a car or place of work) as a place in which the person has certain protections and immunities and may in certain circumstances use force, up to and including deadly force, to defend against an intruder without becoming liable to prosecution.
After the shooting, one of the family members of the deceased was arrested for jumping the crime scene barrier to get to the body. Police arrested the man and charged him with interfering with an investigation.