A man taken into custody after a Thursday night shooting that left one man dead and another injured was released with no charges filed, Killeen police said.
After reviewing the case, Bell County Assistant District Attorney Murff Bledsoe said the man — a resident of the 3600 block of Holbert Drive where the shooting occurred — would not be charged, but the case will be presented directly to a grand jury, which could result in charges.
Jamie Lee Schnider, a 22-year-old Fort Hood soldier, died in the shooting and another 21-year-old unnamed male soldier, who suffered a gunshot wound to his upper torso, remains in stable condition at Scott & White Hospital in Temple, according to Killeen police.
A loud party held at the soldiers’ Holbert Drive home started the chain of arguments that led to the shooting, neighbor Christina Fairley said Friday.
“I hate to see a holiday come because I know what they’re going to do,” Fairley said. “I thought about going over there and telling them myself.”
Fairley, who lives across a cul-du-sac from the soldiers, said she saw a male neighbor cross the street and, using loud, foul language, complain to the soldiers about their party.
The neighbor returned to his home, directly across the street from Fairley. A few minutes later, three men crossed the street, leaving the party to go to her neighbor’s house, she said.
“I looked out my window and see that his garage was still open,” Fairley said. “And then I heard the three shots and saw the man on the ground.”
Killeen Police Department spokeswoman Carroll Smith said a confrontation at the neighbor’s house developed into a physical altercation when one of the males assaulted the neighbor. Shots were fired and two of the three males were hit.
Fairley, who was watching intently from her front window, said she did not see the shooter fire the weapon and did not hear sounds of an altercation before the shots were fired.
“It was devastating,” Fairley said. “I feel bad for both of them, (the neighbor) and the soldiers.”
Including Thursday’s shooting, 10 homicides have been reported in Killeen this year.
Philip Jankowski contributed to this report.