• December 27, 2014

Man dies following shooting in Killeen

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Posted: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 11:45 pm

A 36-year-old man is dead after he was shot in front of a local apartment complex early Wednesday.

The victim, identified as SungJin Farris, was found by police about 2:10 a.m. in the parking lot of an apartment building in the 300 block of Wolf Street.

Farris, who was shot in the chest, was transported to Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood, where he died.

Initially, police classified the incident as a drive-by shooting, but later said the investigation revealed that was not correct.

Killeen Police Department spokeswoman Carroll Smith said Wednesday investigators were still trying to determine if the shooting was gang related.

Michael Casano, who lives on the first floor of the apartment building, said he was awakened by gunfire and saw a car speed away from the scene.

“There was a woman (with Farris), and I heard her run up the stairs,” Casano said. “I heard her banging on a door and saying, ‘They shot him.’”

The shooter or shooters were still at large as of Wednesday evening. Smith said investigators were following up on possible leads and encouraged anyone with information about the shooting to contact the department or Bell County Crime Stoppers.

Farris’ death on Wednesday marked the second fatal shooting in Killeen within the last five days.

On Saturday, 35-year-old Jorge Ramirez Jr. was found shot to death in his car in the 4600 block of Lonesome Dove Drive. Police arrested 17-year-old De’Marcus Kar’del Bronner, of Killeen, in connection with Ramirez’s death.

Smith said police do not believe the two shootings are related.

Wednesday’s shooting was the sixth homicide in Killeen this year.

Of those, four — including Wednesday’s shooting — are being investigated as murder cases. The other two were classified as either accidental or self-defense.

Smith said police arrested suspects in three of the four murder cases.

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