Released by the Tyler Police Department
On Saturday, February 09, 2013 at 9:15 a.m. Tyler Police received a 911 call in reference to a shooting that occurred in the parking lot of Broadway Square Mall, located at 4601 S. Broadway.
Officers on the scene discovered one victim who had been fatally shot lying in the Northeast corner parking area of Broadway Square Mall. The deceased victim was identified as Christopher Mass, B/M, 10/07/1989, of Tyler.
Officers located the shooter who remained at the scene of the incident. He was identified as Ricky Neal Jr., B/M, 09/29/1987, of Henderson Texas. Neal was transported to Tyler Police Department by investigators and subsequently charged with 1st degree Murder.
Neal and his girlfriend went to Broadway Square Mall to purchase some shoes. Neal went alone into the mall and got into a verbal confrontation with two subjects already in the mall. Investigators were told that Neal and these subjects were going to go outside the mall to fight over their disagreement that stemmed from a tweet from Neal to one of the subjects girlfriend.
Neal returned to his vehicle and told his girlfriend to go in the mall to purchase his shoes. As the other subjects approached Neal he pulled out a 40 cal. handgun from his vehicle and fired several rounds at three subjects that were approaching him.
Preliminary investigation of Christopher Mass determined that he was struck by two rounds. Mass died at the scene from his wounds. The other subjects ran from the gunfire and were not struck.
Investigators determined that no other weapons were involved in the incident.
During the processing of the crime scene, a subject identified as Desmond Javon Black, B/M, 09/12/1982, of Tyler, went underneath the crime scene barrier tape and ran towards the victim who was protected by officers. Officer gave verbal commands for Black to stop as he charged the scene and continued to ignore officer's commands. Officers took Black into custody and charged him with interference with public duties. During the search of Black they discovered that he was in possession of marijuana which he was also charged with.