Former NBA basketball player, Andre Emmett, was found shot and killed in Dallas early Monday morning.
Emmett, who played for the Memphis Grizzlies and the New Jersey Nets, was sitting in his car when he was approached by two unidentified men with a handgun. Around 2:30 a.m., a dispute allegedly occurred when the 37-year-old tried to run away. He was shot when he tried to flee.
The New York Post reports a witness found the Dallas native’s body on the side of the street several feet from his home. Dallas Fire and Rescue was called, but Emmett was pronounced dead at the hospital from a single gunshot wound.
Two assailants were seen leaving the scene, including a tall Black man who was reportedly wearing a red hat. The suspects sped away in a white Chrysler 300.
BIG3 tweeted a statement about Emmett’s death, who played in the last two seasons in the league.
The BIG3 is in a state of shock over the sudden and tragic death of Andre Emmett. Andre was a member of the BIG3 family for two seasons and never without a smile on his face. His kindness towards others and easy-going demeanor made him a joy to be around. pic.twitter.com/QoNJ7NH2k0— BIG3 on CBS (@thebig3) September 23, 2019
Texas Tech, his alma mater, also shared their condolences.
Thank you for the competitor you were on the court and the incredible person you were off of it.— Texas Tech Basketball (@TexasTechMBB) September 23, 2019
Thank you for the many amazing memories you helped create.
Thank you for inspiring the entire Texas Tech family.
Rest In Peace, Dre. pic.twitter.com/exZOvAgDCA
Authorities are still looking for a suspect and a motive is currently unknown. His death is being investigated as a homicide. A reward of $5,000 is offered for any information that would lead to an arrest.
Emmett attended Texas Tech University where he played basketball for four years. He achieved honors during his senior year, ending his college basketball career by winning the 2004 NCAA Slam Dunk Contest. He was drafted in the second round of the 2004 draft as the 35th pick by the Seattle SuperSonics. After a few years in the NBA, the 6-foot-5 shooting guard played overseas with the Meralco Bolts and other teams.
His last Instagram post was a video of him and his daughter playing together.
Rest in peace, Andre Emmett.
Photo: Stacy Revere/BIG3 via Getty Images