Temple death

A Temple police car is involved in the search for a murder suspect near Jackson Park.

Deborah McKeon/FME NEWS SERVICE

A 15-year-old boy was shot and killed about 9:40 a.m. Wednesday at Jackson Park, 925 N. Fourth St., Bell County Justice of the Peace David Barfield said.

The shooter reportedly was another male juvenile, Temple police said Wednesday in a news release. An age was not released, and no mention of charges against the minor were listed by Temple Police Department officer Shawana Neely.

The boy surrendered to officers about 11 a.m. at a residence in the 900 block of North Eighth Street, Neely said. He was taken into custody and went to the Temple Police Department juvenile processing office.

A communication error in the way the call was dispatched to officers led to the victim first being identified as a female. It was later corrected.

It was unknown why the juveniles were not in school or where they attend school.

A call for shots fired sent Temple police to Jackson Park.

Temple police, SWAT team and the Bell County Constable’s Office looked for the suspect after a search perimeter was set up. Several streets in north Temple were closed. Mobile command centers and an armored vehicle were located near North Sixth Street and East Irvin Avenue.

The suspect ran east away from the scene of the shooting at Jackson Park, Neely said.

The SWAT team searched the area, and Neely said the juvenile was believed to be hiding in a residence in the 900 block of North Eighth Street.

Rhonda Ritchie Melton lives in the area and heard six gunshots at 9:41 a.m., she said.

Barfield was notified about the death, but was told it was not safe yet to come to the scene, he said. He pronounced the teenage boy dead at 10:10 a.m., Barfield said.

The department’s violent crime unit is investigating this incident, Neely said.

Jefferson Elementary School at 2616 N. Third St. and Lamar Middle School at 2120 N. First St. were placed on soft lockdowns for a little more than an hour as a precaution during the search for the shooter, Temple Independent School District spokesman Matthew LeBlanc said.

Jackson Park encompasses several acres and includes a playground, hike and bike trail, two basketball courts and a picnic area.

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