ATHENS, Texas (AP) - Investigators say gunfire during an illegal cockfight in East Texas has left a man dead and authorities seeking the shooter.
The Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office said Thursday that 21-year-old Luis Rodriguez was declared dead at East Texas Medical Center in Athens.
Sheriff Pat Burnett says officials believe the shooting happened early Sunday at a residence north of Athens, about 70 miles southeast of Dallas.
Rodriguez was transported to the hospital by a private vehicle. The cockfight location was determined after deputies who arrived at the hospital to investigate spoke to some witnesses.
More than two dozen animals were confiscated, including 10 roosters.