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Fuqua shooting victim

MANHUNT for suspect who gunned down Texas track star

by Leigh Egan

Police need help identifying the suspect(s) involved in the shooting

A former track star was shot road-rage style in Corpus Christi, Texas, for no apparent reason on Sunday. Police are trying to track the suspect down, and are asking the public to assist them.

The Caller Times reports that Andre Fuqua, 24, was found at approximately 11:36 p.m on Sunday, laying lifeless in the driver’s seat of his 2016 Subaru Crosstek, off of I-37. Fuqua was taken to Spohn Memorial Hospital. He didn’t survive. Fuqua was pronounced dead on Monday morning. He was shot several times in the torso area.

According to Senior Officer Kirk Stowers of the Corpus Christi Police Department (CCPD), the case is being investigated as an aggravated assault, but they’re still unsure of what led to shooting or whether it was a drive by shooting, with Fuqua being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“We don’t know if he was in the middle of a drive-by shooting or if it was road rage and whoever is responsible is still at large.”

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Fuqua was a member of the track team, Corpus Christi Roadrunners, and a former member of the Texas A&MK Kingsville “Javelinas” track team. His friend, Adrian Marquez, told KRIS that Fuqua had a big heart and was always smiling.

Anybody that ever knew Andre, he always had the biggest smile on his face and a big heart. Anybody that was ever around him for more than five minutes could see that. (he was) free-spirited, always loving and always caring for everybody else.”

Marquez thinks that the shooting was likely a random attack, as he couldn’t imagine that anyone would’ve wanted to hurt his friend. Friends often called Fuqua by the nickname, “Ghandi,” because of his gentle, caring, and free spirit.

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A news released suggested that Fugua likely drove through several surrounding towns, including Bayside, Gregory, Taft and Odem, before driving onto I-37. Anyone in these areas, including businesses with surveillance cameras, should contact CCPD immediately at 361-886-2840 or Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers at 361-888-8477.

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Leigh Egan is a crime-fighting journalist and editor who specializes in breaking news and investigative true crime coverage. With more than a decade of experience under her belt, Leigh’s work can be found in a number of high-profile national publications. For Leigh, learning didn’t stop after college. She considers herself a lifelong learner who frequently takes media and journalism courses to keep abreast of the latest happenings and innovations in her field.