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Mockingbird Lane Residents Shaken by Deadly Shooting

ECTOR COUNTY, TX (KWES) -

At least one person of interest remains at large following a deadly shooting Sunday morning in the 2600 block of Mockingbird Lane, officials said.

The victim has been identified as 57-year-old Marion Edward Archer. No description is available for the primary person of interest.

According to Ector County Sheriff's officials, deputies arrived at the scene shortly before 7:30 a.m. in response to a "subjects with guns" call. 

Gunfire was exchanged between a person inside a fenced area around several camper trailers and an individual in a car, investigators said. 

"By the time we got out there, the parties [involved in the shooting] were gone," said Sgt. Gary Duesler. "We have no idea what the altercation was a result of. [There were] just two parties, [the incident] started out as an argument, one started shooting, the other returned fire and it became deadly for one." 

A bullet struck Archer, he said, and traveled through both legs. The victim was taken to Medical Center Hospital by a private vehicle and later died during surgery, according to a statement issued by the Sheriff's Office.

Investigators have received conflicting reports about the total number of people involved in the incident, Duesler told NewsWest 9. He said the final tally will likely be between 4 and 6, including Archer and his shooter.

"When you've got a lot of variation on things, then we need to dig a little deeper and try to find out [the truth]," Duesler explained. "Some of these stories just aren't matching up as close as we think they should."

According to one neighbor, Archer was a "frequent" visitor to Mockingbird Lane and the deadly altercation stemmed from a misunderstanding involving borrowed money. 

Another neighbor did not recognize the victim's name and said he believed the incident was likely a "random drive-by shooting."

"It's really a shock," said David Nighswander. "We don't have many shootings out here."

Investigators have yet to identify a motive.

"It's still very early in the investigation," said Duesler. "We're hoping more people with come forward with what they know."

Anybody with information is urged to contact the Ector County Sheriff's Office at (432) 335-3050.

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