• September 18, 2014

Shooting suspect found in McGregor

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Posted: Saturday, May 31, 2014 4:30 am

TEMPLE — The suspect in the shooting of a Temple woman Thursday morning was found Friday in McGregor.

Simon Gracia Blanco, 38, of Temple, was arrested and placed in McLennan County Jail Friday on bonds totaling more than $1 million.

Jail records show he was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the shooting, possession of a controlled substance and criminal trespassing.

Temple police officers responded to a shooting report at 3:39 a.m. Thursday in the 600 block of South Fourth Street.

They found a woman on the floor with a single gunshot wound.

She was taken by Scott & White EMS to Scott & White Hospital, where she

remained in critical condition Friday, said Cpl. Christopher Wilcox, Temple Police Department spokesman.

A McGregor police officer got a report of an incoherent person walking in the road, Detective Joe Coy said Friday. The officer managed to identify him as Blanco, and found a Bell County criminal trespassing warrant against him.

He reportedly admitted to the officer he was on methamphetamine.

The officer called an ambulance and, during a conversation, Blanco reportedly pointed to the ditch and said his drugs were there.

The officer located about 30 grams of methamphetamine and about 14 grams of cocaine, Coy said.

While waiting for the ambulance, Blanco reportedly made some incriminating statements and said he shot his girlfriend in Temple.

The officer looked him up again and discovered that the Temple Police Department was trying to locate him in connection with a shooting, Coy said.

“We found his vehicle near Robinson and we think he was probably dropped off. We don’t think he walked all the way to where we found him,” Coy said.

Justice of the Peace David Barfield issued the arrest warrant for Blanco, according to the release.

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