Former East Texas standout athlete gunned down at mall - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Former East Texas standout athlete gunned down at mall

Christopher Mass (Source: SFA) Christopher Mass (Source: SFA)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

Former Chapel Hill standout Christopher Mass was shot and killed in Tyler Saturday morning at the Broadway Square Mall.

Police said Chris was outside the JC Penney with three others when 25 year old Ricky Neal Jr. from Henderson pulled out a 40 caliber handgun from his car and fired several rounds. Chris was shot twice and died at the scene.

Mass was very good dual sport player during his high school career at Chapel Hill, most notably in basketball. Chris helped lead the Bulldogs to their first ever trip to the state tournament in 2007. He was also a top 20 recruit in football from East Texas. Chris would eventually join the football team at Stephen F. Austin.

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.

Chris was born October 7, 1989. His mother is Latrese Mass.

In 2006, Chris gave an an interview to Maya Golden back as a part of our "7 Questions" series, in which she talked to East Texas high school athletes. You can read that interview here.

You can read more about the shooting here.

Copyright 2013 KLTV. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Road closures in Southwest Louisiana

    Road closures in Southwest Louisiana

    Road closures in Southwest Louisiana

    Thursday, July 20 2017 12:57 PM EDT2017-07-20 16:57:21 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The following is a list of road closures for Southwest Louisiana.

    More >>

    The following is a list of road closures for Southwest Louisiana.

    More >>
  • $250,000 La. Lotto ticket sold in Southwest Louisiana

    $250,000 La. Lotto ticket sold in Southwest Louisiana

    Thursday, July 20 2017 12:42 PM EDT2017-07-20 16:42:21 GMT
    Winning numbers from Wednesday, July 19 drawing. (Source: Louisiana Lottery website)Winning numbers from Wednesday, July 19 drawing. (Source: Louisiana Lottery website)

    The Louisiana Lottery Corporation says a winning ticket worth $250,000 in Wednesday's Louisiana Lotto drawing was sold in Southwest Louisiana. 

    More >>

    The Louisiana Lottery Corporation says a winning ticket worth $250,000 in Wednesday's Louisiana Lotto drawing was sold in Southwest Louisiana. 

    More >>
  • BREAKING

    Sulphur Police Chief: No evidence of foul play in death at Sulphur jail

    Sulphur Police Chief: No evidence of foul play in death at Sulphur jail

    Thursday, July 20 2017 12:16 PM EDT2017-07-20 16:16:30 GMT
    Jacob Naegele (Source: Dignity Memorial)Jacob Naegele (Source: Dignity Memorial)

    The man who died in the Sulphur City Jail early Tuesday morning had been arrested on a misdemeanor count of disturbing the peace by public intoxication. Jacob Naegele was arrested around 10:15 p.m. Monday and was found during a routine check by a jailer deceased in his cell around 2:45 a.m., Sulphur Police Chief Lewis Coats said. Naegele had been placed in a cell by himself. Coats said previously said that Naegele's "every move" while in police custody was recorded on came...

    More >>

    The man who died in the Sulphur City Jail early Tuesday morning had been arrested on a misdemeanor count of disturbing the peace by public intoxication. Jacob Naegele was arrested around 10:15 p.m. Monday and was found during a routine check by a jailer deceased in his cell around 2:45 a.m., Sulphur Police Chief Lewis Coats said. Naegele had been placed in a cell by himself. Coats said previously said that Naegele's "every move" while in police custody was recorded on came...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly