HARKER HEIGHTS — One man was shot and several suspects are on the loose after a Thursday morning shooting in northern Harker Heights.

Police responded to a shots-fired call at 9:19 a.m. in the 400 block of South Juanita Drive. The alleged suspect used a handgun to shoot a male resident once in his upper chest, police said.

Paramedics transported him to Scott & White Hospital in Temple, according to officials.

“We’re not sure on the victim’s status, but we’re hopeful he’s going to be OK,” Police Chief Mike Gentry said.

The suspects fled the scene in a blue SUV.

While police did not release the number of suspects, the shooting possibly involved several people, said HHPD spokesman Sgt. Roosevelt Wilson.

Violent crime is not prevalent in the neighborhood, and there are few shootings in Harker Heights, Gentry said. Typically, one shooting occurs every “couple of years.”

In 2012, Harker Heights reported 13 rapes, 20 robberies, 90 assaults and no murders, according to Texas Department of Public Safety records.

The city recorded 446.6 violent crimes for every 100,000 people, and Bell County recorded 413.1 per 100,000 people.

While 2012 DPS statistics were not available for Texas, the state reported 408.8 violent crimes per 100,000 people in 2011.

Compared with Bell County, Harker Heights reported 36.6 fewer robberies per 100,000 people, but 3.3 more rapes and 217.6 more assaults in 2012.

Police declined to release the subjects’ names and information about possible pending criminal charges.

Police ask anyone with information to call the HHPD Criminal Investigation Division at (254) 953-5400.

Contact Brian Bradley at bbradley@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7567

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