Police are investigating the death of a father of six who was shot Saturday on his front porch in Longview.
The shooting happened at about 12:45 a.m. in the 1100 block of Clover Lane, according to a Longview police statement. Police say someone called 911 and reported a man had been shot on his front porch and was bleeding.
Officers responded to the residence and found Henry England Williams, 32, who was taken to a Longview medical center. He died at about 3:30 a.m. from his injuries.
Williams’ death is the fifth homicide this year in Longview. The most recent was the Sept. 13 fatal shooting of Lee Brightman Jr., 29, outside a business on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
While standing near the shooting scene Saturday morning, which was still draped in crime scene tape, Tina Williams said she was at home asleep when she got a call that Henry Williams, her cousin, had died.
Tina Williams said her cousin stayed to himself, and she said she couldn’t imagine someone wanting to hurt him.
“He didn’t bother nobody. He was a peacemaker,” Tina Williams said. “He was a good person.”
Henry Williams’ niece, Jaglorie Ross, said his home was equipped with security cameras that she hopes “hit every angle.”
“We have to get this (expletive) solved, like today,” Ross said.
Henry Williams regarded himself as “a fly guy” and had an affinity for flashy cars, she said. Above all, Ross said he was “a family guy” raising five of six children before his death.
“We didn’t talk every day, but that’s still my uncle. ... I know he loved me, and I loved him, too. He loved his family,” she said. “Why did they take him? ... His girlfriend is pregnant now. She’s having a girl that won’t even get to know him.”
Sherrel Police was informed about her friend’s death when she was tending to her flowers outside her home, she said. Like dozens of other friends and family Saturday morning, Police said she “walked around to come (and) see.”
Police said she was friends with Henry Williams for eight years and said her last interaction with him was positive.
“I just saw him in the grocery store the other day, and he hugged me. We talked about his mom for a minute and his children,” she said. “He was a good guy. He stayed to himself mostly. He was a good father to his children.”
Police left the scene shortly before noon Saturday and have not released information about possible suspects.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact Gregg County Crime Stoppers at (903) 236-7867.