By Mason W. Canales

Killeen Daily Herald

A Killeen man suspected of shooting his brother, who remains in critical condition, was arraigned Monday on charges of aggravated assault.

Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin arraigned Juan Carlos Ortiz, 24, on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Potvin set Ortiz's bond at $200,000.

About 11:30 p.m. Friday, Killeen Police Department responded to the 300 block of South 10th Street in reference to a report of shots fired, according a Killeen Police Department news release.

When they arrived on the scene, they discovered a 26-year-old male with a gunshot wound to his chest, lying on his back next to the sidewalk, stated the arrest affidavit.

The police said Ortiz was present on the scene and next to the victim, telling him, "Don't die," the arrest affidavit stated.

The police questioned Ortiz while on the scene, according to the affidavit.

Ortiz said, "I hit him in the chest ... that's my brother man... we were arguing, and I shot him," according to the arrest affidavit.

Ortiz also told the police where the handgun he used in the shooting was placed.

The victim was airlifted to Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple, where he underwent surgery, the news release stated.

As of Monday night, the victim was in the Intensive Care Unit in critical condition.

Contact Mason W. Canales at or call (254) 501-7554

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