Former Texas Tech basketball star Andre Emmett died Monday morning.
According to Dallas Police, Emmett was approached by two people at approximately 2:30 a.m. as he sat in his vehicle in front of his residence in the 1800 block of North Prairie Avenue in Old East Dallas.
The suspects displayed a handgun, according to police, and an altercation ensued. Emmett fled but was shot as he ran from them.
Emmett was discovered by a passerby several hundred feet away from his residence. The passerby called 911. Emmett was transported to a hospital where he died.
Witnesses described one suspect as a tall, thin black male wearing a red hat and driving a white Chrysler 300.
Dallas Police is asking anyone with information to call 214-671-3647 or email email@example.com. Reference case #193330-2019.
Emmett, who turned 37 last month, was the No. 35 overall pick by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 2004 NBA draft. He only played in 14 NBA games but played professionally in Europe and China.
Emmett was a star at Dallas Carter before becoming the Red Raiders all-time leading scorer with 2,256 points from 2001-2004. He was an All-American as a senior and earned All-Big 12 Conference first team honors three times.
Texas Tech coach Chris Beard posted a video offering his thoughts and condolences. He said he talked to Emmett a few days ago and that Emmett texted him often during the Red Raiders’ run to the NCAA championship last spring.
“Andre was a special person. He was so proud of his children, so proud of his family,” Beard said. “I just want to tell Dre’s family, his kids, his mom, that we’re so sorry for the loss. Everyone at Texas Tech and Texas Tech basketball are praying for you. I just want everyone to know how heartbroken we are. Can’t understand why terrible things like this happen. I speak for all Red Raiders today saying it’s a terrible day.”
Texas Tech basketball posted a tribute on Twitter Monday afternoon.
“Thank you for the competitor you were on the court and the incredible person you were off of it,” the post read. “Thank you for the many amazing memories you helped create. Thank you for inspiring the entire Texas Tech family. Rest In Peace, Dre.”