A 15-year-old boy was sitting in the living room watching television at a sleepover in a Killeen home when he was shot in the head, according to arrest affidavits released Wednesday.
Officials have arrested three people in the shooting case, but seek a 41-year-old man named Daran Cedric Hill, who is at large and has an active warrant, on suspicion of aggravated assault with a firearm.
Police describe Hill as a black male who is 5-feet-7-inches tall weighing 180 pounds.
In a Wednesday night news conference at KPD Headquarters, Police Chief Charles “Chuck” Kimble said he wanted to make clear that the victim, who police identified only as Seth, was a “typical boy.”
“He was staying with friends. They were watching a movie. He had nothing to do with nothing,” Kimble said. “I want people to know that Seth is a typical 15-year-old boy who likes sports, likes playing Fortnite, and had nothing to do with earlier disturbances.” The chief was referring to a police call at that residence earlier that day.
Kimble said Seth is currently hospitalized in critical condition.
The Bell County District Attorneys’ Office reviewed this case and returned complaints charging the following individuals, who are currently in the Bell County Jail, police said:
Dante Hervey, 22, charged with aggravated assault, bond set at $500,000 and discharge in municipality, bond set at $5,000.
Preston Harrington, 18, charged with deadly conduct, bond set at $100,000.
Donna Hervey, 44, charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, bond set at $50,000.
The boy who was shot is a student at Gateway High School, one of the KISD alternative schools, according to KISD spokesman Terry Abbott.
Officers were dispatched around 11:45 p.m. Sunday to the 3200 block of Longview Drive regarding a shooting victim.
Officers “located a 15 year-old male victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the head,” said Ofelia Miramontez, Killeen Police Department spokeswoman. “The victim was immediately transported to the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, and subsequently transported to Baylor Scott & White in critical but stable condition.”
According to the arrest affidavits in the case, the victim was shot one time in the head while sitting in the living room watching television with other adults and children.
In the affidavits, police said officers had been dispatched to the Longview Drive location earlier in the evening due to an altercation between two females, in which a vehicle’s back windshield had been shattered as it drove away.
Dante Hervey, Harrington and others involved in the altercation allegedly met up at a convenience store where a witness reported overhearing them state they were planning to return to the Longview location and “shoot up the house,” according to the affidavits.
Police said Dante Hervey, Harrington and Hill returned to the residence and fired a shotgun and revolvers at the home.
The vehicle the shooters used was later identified by witnesses as being the same vehicle from the earlier altercation between the two females, according to the arrest affidavit. Miramontez said witnesses at the scene led investigators to “several suspects,” who have been taken into custody.
Police were later dispatched to the residence of the suspected vehicle in the 2100 block of Wright Way. Officers then located surveillance footage from a neighboring home showing Dante Hervey going from the residence to the vehicle with a bag before returning to the residence on Longview Drive.
On the surveillance footage, according to the police report, a female is seen removing the same bag and taking it to a neighboring residence.
The neighbor provided a statement to police, according to the arrest affidavit, that items left at their home following the shooting included a shotgun, a bag containing two revolvers and some clothing worn by the Harrington that is seen on the surveillance video.
According to the arrest affidavit for Harrington, the suspect was found at the residence on Wright Way. On the surveillance footage taken from a neighboring home showed the suspect “showed some trips to another neighbor’s house.”
A voluntary written statement of Harrington’s was reported in the arrest affidavits in which the suspect confessed to returning to the location on Longview Drive and had a shotgun in which he discharged the firearm near the habitation.
Detectives are asking anyone with information about this incident to contact Crime Stoppers at 254-526-TIPS (8477) or go online at www.bellcountycrimestoppers.com. People can also download the P3Tips App for IOS or Android and give an anonymous tip. All information is confidential and anonymous and if a tip leads to the arrest of the person responsible, a reward of up to $1,000 in cash is possible.