A robbery at a local convenience store late Wednesday night left one man dead and another injured.
Police have not announced any arrests but are seeking three suspects described as three black males.
The robbery took place at the Star Mart in the 3600 block of Zephyr Road lateWednesday night.
Police received numerous calls from nearby residents who said they heard multiple gunshots coming from the store.
When police arrived, they found two men lying in the parking lot, each with multiple gunshot wounds, Killeen police spokeswoman Carroll Smith said.
One of the men died on the scene. Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke pronounced the man dead at 12:40 a.m.
Police have not released his identity pending notification of next of kin.
The other man, a clerk at the Star Mart, was taken to Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood and later transported to Scott & White Hospital in Temple.
That man was in stable condition and was seeing visitors Thursday, according to a Star Mart clerk at another location.
The Zephyr Road Star Mart remained closed Thursday, with a note taped to the door stating that a decision was made not to open out of respect for the dead. A crate containing a vase of roses was left near the front door of the business.
Investigators determined that the dead man drove to the Star Mart to pick up a clerk after the store closed.
When the man pulled up in a white Toyota Camry, three black men dressed in dark clothing and with their faces covered ran up to the vehicle. They robbed both victims and shot them multiple times.
The driver of the Camry was shot inside the car, Smith said. The three men fled in the victim’s Camry.
The car was located less than a mile away in the area of Highland and Stetson avenues.
Wednesday’s shooting death marks the 11th official homicide in Killeen city limits in 2012.
Detectives are asking anyone with information about the shooting or suspects to call Crime Stoppers at (254) 526-8477, go to www.bellcountycrimestoppers.com or text KILLEEN along with the tip to 274637.
All tips are confidential and can be made anonymously. A tip leading to an arrest may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.
“If anybody knows anything or hears people talking, give us a call, and we’ll check it out,” Smith said.
Contact Philip Jankowski at email@example.com or (254) 501-7553