In last week’s column, I warned against complacency regarding the shootings that recently occurred in Killeen. At last count, there were 11 in a two-week period.

In that column, I opined that the gang activity in Killeen could easily become winged and expand to surrounding municipalities, including Copperas Cove.

While I do not at this early stage of the investigation have sufficient evidence pointing to a gang connection, a recent shooting in Copperas Cove gives pause to worry.

Cove police are investigating an early morning shooting of a 20-year-old man in the city.

Shortly before 1:20 a.m. June 20, police were notified of a male gunshot victim at Metroplex Hospital, according to a news release from the police department.

He was subsequently taken to Scott & White Hospital in Temple and is still recovering, said Cpl. Dominique Moore of the Copperas Cove Police Department, earlier this week.

Investigators determined the crime scene to be in the 1000 block of Industrial Avenue, near the intersection of Wolf Street. Four people were arrested in connection to the shooting.

Unfortunately, this incident feeds into the goals of the gun-control pundits who place the blame for all gun violence on an inanimate object, the gun. The gun has no ability to think or reason and it does not arbitrarily fire itself. The moronic idiot with his finger on the trigger does that.

Instead of gun control occupying so much time with legislators and lobbyists, I submit that more time and effort be expended to separate the gun from the irresponsible idiot in possession of it.

Better yet, take steps to prevent idiots from owning guns in the first place.

A five-day waiting period and a cursory background check are not sufficient to ascertain the mental stability of a potential gun owner, and for heaven’s sake, apply the same strict standard to the sellers of guns at gun shows.

No legitimate hunter or household protector needs an assault weapon or military grade automatic weaponry. These guns have no legitimate function outside military or law enforcement venues.

One need only observe the homicide statistics of Chicago to realize that gun violence is out of control. Many of the guns used by these maniacs are illegitimate, in that they were not legally purchased according to law. Many are stolen, making them untraceable to the killers.

Banning legitimate gun sales to responsible owners is not the answer. Most of us take the protection of family and self seriously. In short, if you outlaw guns, then only the outlaws will have guns.

Store robbery

Cove police are investigating the June 22 aggravated robbery of the Copperas Cove Hills Food Mart at 107 W. Avenue E about 10:30 p.m.

The suspect reportedly got away with about $1,600 in cash. The suspect was reported to have been dressed in black and brandished a gun during the incident. The suspect fled on foot in an unknown direction.

Cove police are requesting the public’s help in identifying this criminal. Anyone with information is encouraged to call CCPD at 254-547-8222 or Crime Stoppers at 254-547-1111. Crime Stoppers pays cash for clues.

Assaults

Assaults, particularly those committed against family/household members, are completely out of control in Cove, the city known for family living.

During the past week, 20 assaults were reported, 15 of them committed against family members. Get a grip, people!

  • An assault by contact/family violence was reported June 20 in the 1800 block of North Main Street.
  • An assault by contact/family violence was reported June 20 in the 100 block of horseshoe Drive.
  • An assault with bodily injury/family violence and criminal mischief was reported June 20 in the 1100 block of South 25th Street.
  • An assault with bodily injury/family violence was reported June 21 in the 700 block of Bond Street.
  • An assault with bodily injury/family violence was reported June 21 in the 300 block of North Drive.
  • An assault with bodily injury/family violence was reported June 22 in the 1600 block of North Main Street.
  • An assault with bodily injury/family violence was reported June 22 in the 1200 block of West Avenue B.
  • An assault with bodily injury/family violence was reported June 23 in the 400 block of North Main Street.
  • An assault by contact/family violence was reported June 23 in the 2600 block of Sunflower Trail.
  • An aggravated assault with a deadly weapon/family violence was reported June 23 in the 300 block of Primrose Drive. This is a felony offense.
  • An assault by contact was reported June 23 in the 200 block of Marston Street.
  • Disorderly conduct-public affray was reported June 23 in the 1200 block of Phil Avenue.
  • An assault with bodily injury/family violence was reported June 23 in the 200 block of Meggs Street.
  • An assault with bodily injury was reported June 25 in the 800 block of Park Avenue.
  • An assault by contact/family violence was reported June 25 in the 1400 block of South 23rd Street.
  • An assault by contact/family violence was reported June 26 in the 700 block of Mickan Street.
  • An assault with bodily injury/family violence was reported June 26 in the 200 block of Wagon Train Circle.
  • Injury to elderly with bodily injury was reported June 26 in the 1000 block of Sublett Avenue.
  • An assault with bodily injury/family violence was reported June 26 in the 100 block of Northern Lane.
  • An assault by contact/family violence was reported June 26 in the 400 block of Jeffrey Lane.

Theft/burglary/robbery

Seventeen crimes in the theft category were reported this week. This number appears to have become the norm in Copperas Cove, which is disgusting for a city this size. The fault lies with the greedy, lowlife thieves, shared by careless property owners. If you leave your valuables unattended and unsecured, they will be stolen. Thieves live among us.

  • The theft of a cellphone was reported June 20 in the 900 block of Dryden Avenue.
  • The theft of currency was reported June 21 in the 800 block of Industrial Avenue.
  • The theft of an extension cord from a residence was reported June 21 in the 700 block of North 19th Street.
  • The theft of a bicycle was reported June 21 in the 40 block of Karen Sue Circle.
  • An aggravated robbery was reported June 22 in the 100 block of West Avenue E.
  • A theft of street signage was reported at the intersection of King Trail and Taylor Creek Road.
  • The theft of a street sign and criminal mischief were reported June 23 at the intersection of king trail and Ridgeline Road.
  • A lawn mower was reported stolen June 23 in the 800 block of Park Avenue.
  • The theft of jewelry was reported June 23 at a retailer in the 2700 block of East U.S. Highway 190.
  • The theft of a string trimmer was reported June 23 in the 90 block of Karen Sue Circle.
  • A theft was reported June 25 in the 1400 block of South 23rd Street.
  • A theft was reported June 25 in the 300 block of Constitution Drive.
  • A theft was reported June 25 at a retailer in the 2700 block of East U.S. Highway East U.S. 190.
  • A theft of general merchandise was reported June 26 in the 200 block of Cove Terrace.
  • A theft was reported June 20 in the 1700 block of Walker Place Boulevard.
  • A theft of currency was reported June 21 in the 200 block of Rodeo Circle.
  • A theft of a wallet and currency was reported June 22 in the 1800 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

Other crimes

  • Criminal Trespass was reported June 20 in the 100 block of West Avenue E.
  • Breach of computer security was reported June 20 in the 3300 bock of Colorado Drive.
  • Forgery of a financial instrument was reported June 20 in the 1700 block of Walker Place.
  • Graffiti was reported June 20 at the intersection of South Ninth and Meggs Streets.
  • Fraudulent use/possession of identifying information was reported June 21 in the 200 block of Rodeo Circle.
  • Graffiti was reported June 21 in the 500 block of South 13th Street.
  • Criminal mischief was reported June 22 in the 2600 block of Dennis Street.
  • Criminal mischief was reported June 22 in the 2000 block of Coy Drive.
  • Credit card abuse was reported June 22 in the 1800 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
  • Violation o a protective order was reported June 22 in the 100 block of West Hogan Drive.
  • Criminal mischief was reported June 22 in the 400 block of Town Square.
  • Fraudulent use/possession of identifying information was reported June 22 in the 2500 block of Gail Drive.
  • Phone harassment was reported June 25 in the 3000 block of Deer Flat Drive.
  • Criminal mischief was reported June 25 in the 1300 block of West Avenue D.
  • Tampering with/fabricating evidence was reported June 26 in the 1200 block of East U.S. Highway 190.
  • Criminal mischief was reported June 26 in the 100 block of Murphy Circle.

John Vander Werff is a 30-year veteran of law enforcement and a Copperas Cove resident.​

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