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.
Texas laws make it illegal to possess birds meant for cockfighting and to attend a cockfight.