A 17-year-old boy is facing a murder charge after police said he used a shotgun to gun down a man Saturday night.
Da’Marcus Kar’del Bronner was arraigned Sunday on a charge of first-degree murder by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke.
According to an arrest affidavit, Killeen police responded to a report of a man with a gun in the 3400 block of Stan Schlueter Loop at 9:46 p.m. Saturday.
An officer arrived in the area and saw a silver Honda Accord with no lights stopped in the roadway in the 4600 block of Lonesome Dove Drive. The officer saw a man, later identified as 35-year Jorge Ramirez Jr., slumped over in the driver’s seat.
Ramirez had gunshot wounds to his upper body, the affidavit stated. He was transported to Fort Hood’s Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, where he later died.
Police found a shotgun behind a business on Stan Schlueter Loop and found Bronner as he was leaving a nearby residence where a witness had seen him jump a fence.
Bronner told police he and another person agreed to rob “a person who had been selling phones.”
He initially carried a BB gun, Bronner said, and the other person, identified in the affidavit as “Trub,” had the shotgun. Bronner said “Trub” handed him the shotgun and began to fight with Ramirez. During the confrontation, Ramirez was able to get to his vehicle and was attempting to drive off when Bronner shot at the vehicle, the affidavit stated.
As of Monday afternoon, Bronner was in Bell County Jail. His bail was set at $1 million.
Saturday night’s shooting was the fifth homicide in Killeen this year. Data from the Killeen Police Department showed the city had six homicides in 2013.
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