Warrant: Fight over backpack led to deadly park shooting

Warrant: Fight over backpack led to deadly park shooting

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

New details released Wednesday indicate a fight over a backpack led to the shooting death of a 23-year-old man in a Lubbock park. 

An arrest warrant for Joseph Buckley, Jr. reveals the two men were pushing each other and struggled over a black backpack. According to the police report, when the victim, Jose Gomez, wouldn't let go, the suspect shot him and ran away with the backpack.

Investigators determined a bloody cell phone found at the crime scene belonged to Buckley, who was seen by witnesses running south on Flint Avenue.

A friend of the suspect's told police in an interview Buckley had recently come to town and needed help selling marijuana. 

Buckley was arrested Tuesday and is being held on murder charge with a $300,000 bond.


Lubbock Police Department received multiple calls that a shooting had just occurred at Wagner Park near 26th Street and Flint Avenue. Officers arrived at the park and located multiple people trying to aid a 23-year-old male who had been shot.

Jose Gomez, 23, died at the hospital.

According to LPD, the men reportedly got into an altercation at the park. Shots were fired and the 23-year-old male was struck. The other male then fled the scene on foot.

Investigators continue to question people who were at the park during the shooting and neighbors in the area to gather more information.

If you were in the area and witnessed the shooting or if you have any information concerning this investigation please call the Lubbock Police Department or Crime Line at (806) 741-1000.

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