A 17-year-old from Hitchcock was gunned down in a county park early Tuesday morning, police said.
The Hitchcock Police Department and the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office were still searching late Tuesday for a possible suspect in the shooting death of Cody Gilpin, 17, Police Chief Wilmon Smith said.
A patrol officer found Gilpin’s body in the grass off the road just inside the main entrance of Jack Brooks Park about 6:30 a.m., Smith said. The officer came upon Gilpin after seeing a bicycle lying in the road.
Gilpin was dead when the officer found him, Smith said. He had been shot several times, police said.
Gilpin either lived near or had relatives living near the park, Smith said. Police didn’t say Tuesday how long he might have been dead before he was found or why he might have been in the park Monday evening or early Tuesday morning.
The police department didn’t receive any reports of gunshots overnight, Smith said.
Even though the park is owned by the county, city officers regularly patrol it, Smith said.
“There’s always problems in the park,” Smith said. “We’ve had accidents out there; we’ve had illegal dumping; we’ve had a little bit of everything that will happen in that area because it’s secluded.”
The sheriff’s office is assisting in the investigation because it has more resources than the small Hitchcock Police Department, Smith said.
Gilpin was a student in the Hitchcock Independent School District until December 2019, school district officials said.
Smith asked anyone with information about the shooting to call the Hitchcock Police Department at 409-986-5559 or the sheriff’s office at 409-766-2322.