Alex Cornelius Riley

Alex Cornelius Riley

A man police believe was involved in a shooting at a Killeen convenience store Friday was arraigned on a single misdemeanor charge.

Alex Cornelius Riley was arraigned on a misdemeanor charge of discharging a firearm by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke on Sunday. His bail was set at $5,000.

The shooting occurred outside the Handy Stop Grocery store in the 400 block of Gilmer Street about 3:20 p.m. Friday.

According to Killeen police, witnesses saw two men talking in the store’s parking lot when they saw one man run through the parking lot and the other man shooting in his direction. The suspect then fled the area.

According to an arrest affidavit, a review of video footage of the incident showed the suspect run after the victim and shoot at him. The victim was struck in the leg and fell to the ground, according to the arrest affidavit.

According to the information in the affidavit, detectives received a phone call from an informant that the shooter was Alex Riley, also known as “Church.”

Riley was arrested later that day during a traffic stop and was taken into custody for not wearing a seat belt, the affidavit stated.

The Killeen Police Department confirmed Riley did not face any additional charges as of Monday. “He has not been charged with shooting anyone,” said Carroll Smith, a KPD spokeswoman. “However, the investigation is still ongoing.”

Smith said investigators are looking into the possibility that Friday’s shooting was related to a shooting that took place Wednesday night at a nearby apartment complex in the 500 block of Wyoming Drive. In that incident, two men were shot following an argument, police said.

Contact Chris McGuinness at or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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