Lufkin PD Identifies Suspect, Victims in Thursday’s Shooting
Lufkin Police have released more details concerning Thursday's shooting that took place at High Pointe Plaza (3507 N. John Redditt Drive) in Lufkin. The alleged shooter and victims have been identified as well.
According to City of Lufkin Communications, the shooter is identified as Christopher Lee Isaac, 43, of Center. The victims allegedly shot by Isaac are James Patrick “J.P.” Murphy, 23, and his girlfriend Donicca Ford, 18, both of Lufkin.
The report from the Lufkin Police indicates that witnesses told officers that the incident started as a verbal disturbance between Isaac and Murphy that turned physical. After the fight was over, Isaac reportedly got a gun and fired shots at Murphy and his girlfriend, striking them.
Two detectives on their way back from lunch were near the complex as the call came out around 1 p.m. They quickly arrived on the scene to see Isaac pointing a gun at a man behind a Dumpster retaining wall.
A detective immediately exited his vehicle with his rifle and fired a shot at Isaac from roughly 40-50 yards away. The round hit Isaac’s hand, causing him to drop the gun. He was taken into custody without further incident. Detectives later learned that the man they saw Isaac target was an uninvolved party who had been trying to calm Isaac and stop the attack. The man was uninjured in the incident.
After being shot, Murphy attempted to get into a passing vehicle with an uninvolved party. That driver accidentally crashed into three other parked vehicles in the complex. No injuries were reported in the crash.
Murphy and Ford went by ambulance to a local hospital where they were treated and released yesterday. Isaac was also taken to a local hospital and later transported to an out-of-town hospital for further treatment. His injury is not believed to be life-threatening.
Isaac faces two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and had a federal warrant for felon in possession of a firearm. He has an extensive criminal history, including 19 Angelina County arrests.