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Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 4:30 am

HARKER HEIGHTS — Police released the names of two people involved in an apparent assault and shooting Sunday in south Harker Heights, which occurred three days after an unrelated shooting on the north side of town, officials said.

At 6:19 p.m. Sunday, police responded to a shots-fired call in the 3300 block of Stillhouse Lake Road, stated a news release.

Five people gathered in a residential area before two subjects started arguing, said HHPD spokesman Roosevelt Wilson. The argument escalated into a physical confrontation involving all five subjects.

A driver in a white Kia allegedly ran over Kevin D. Grinton, 22, and a handgun bullet pierced 19-year-old Kadeja C. Walker’s leg, officials said.

Paramedics transported both subjects to Scott & White Hospital in Temple with no apparent life-threatening injuries, officials said.

One subject involved in the altercation turned himself in to police where detectives interviewed him about his involvement, Wilson said. No charges will be filed until the investigation concludes.

Second shooting

Police also identified a suspect in a Thursday morning shooting at a residence in the 400 block of South Juanita Drive as Bryan Anthony Shinsky, 21, whom they arrested Saturday and charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, according to a news release. He was transported to Bell County Jail, where his bond was set at $100,000.

Police identified the victim who sustained an upper-chest gunshot wound as Justin Ramirez, 24, who is being treated at Scott & White Hospital in Temple, officials said.

At 9:19 a.m. Thursday, police responded to a shots-fired call at the residence. Wilson said he believed two people accompanied Shinsky in a blue SUV, and police are investigating their possible involvement and charges.

Uncommon activity

The block is peaceful, aside from a random police chase two years ago, weekend commotion from nearby nightclubs and past domestic disturbances on an adjacent street, said resident Cody Shrop. South Juanita Drive houses many older residents, and is usually quiet.

“I hear a lot of old ’50s music, and it’s not loud,” Shrop said. “It’s low and in the background.”

The shootings have perplexed police in a town that recently averaged less than one a year, according to officials. The violent crime rate can inexplicably rise and fall.

Wilson said the force will operate normally, saturating as much of the city as possible and using comprehensive patrol tactics to limit crime.

“These were random incidents, with subjects that knew each other that became involved in some kind of altercation that progressed farther than it should have,” Wilson said. “We really don’t want to alter anything that changes one thing or another. If we overreact to the shootings, we might miss something else.”

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