A 33-year-old man is dead in what Killeen police are investigating as a homicide.
Police provided few details Thursday about the shooting death inside an apartment at the Highlander Apartments complex in the 300 block of North 22nd Street in Killeen.
Friends of the victim said they believed the shooting happened sometime Wednesday night. Police found the victim’s body Thursday morning.
Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke pronounced the man dead at 10:54 a.m. His identity was not released.
Phillip Morganfield, a friend of the victim for about four years, said he had to help police carry the body out of the upstairs apartment.
Police found the man slumped partially against the door of the apartment, Morganfield said.
“He was alone in the apartment, dead or dying all night,” Morganfield said.
The kitchen appeared to show signs of an altercation. Blood stained the floors and counter tops, leading a trail over trash on the floor and across a mattress placed in the middle of the home’s living room. It led to where Morganfield said police discovered the body.
“This ain’t cool,” Morganfield said. “It ain’t right. Dudes have a beef, they should use their hands.”
Aubray E. Hudson Jr., another friend of the victim, said police were called to the complex Wednesday night in reference to a shooting. However, officers did not check the apartment where the victim was found, Hudson said.
He described the man who did the shooting as a white man who lived in one of the neighboring apartments. “Now he’s nowhere to be found,” Hudson said.
Because authorities discovered the victim’s body during the funeral for a slain Killeen police officer, Temple police assisting with patrol during the ceremony were first on the scene. The investigation is now in the Killeen Police Department’s hands.
The shooting death marks the third homicide of 2013 in Killeen.