By Justin Cox
Killeen Daily Herald
The Killeen Police Department on Wednesday expanded the scope of its investigation into the July 4 double homicide at the Dollar General store on Stan Schlueter Loop. Detectives are openly enlisting the public to help them identify an individual who could provide insight into the crime.
Carroll Smith, public information officer for the police department, said Wednesday that it is seeking the public's help in uncovering the identity of a man shown during nine seconds of security camera video released Wednesday. Police recovered the digital video images, taken July 3, from the store located on the 4100 block of Stan Schlueter Loop.
Smith emphasized that investigators do not consider the unknown male a suspect in the case – he is considered a "person of interest" exclusively – and his input could aid in the department's investigation.
Anyone with information about the slayings is asked to call the Killeen Police Department at (254) 501-8800 or Crime Stoppers at (254) 526-TIPS (8477).
Dollar General Corp. is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.
Investigators believe that the double homicide of the two Dollar General employees, who each died of gunshot wounds, came during the commission of a robbery.
The tragedy unfolded the holiday morning of July 4 when an officer patrolling the area in the southwest corner of the city noticed a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot at 8:23 a.m. during her regular patrol. As she exited the vehicle, the officer heard an alarm sounding from the rear of the building and found the rear door ajar. Officers entered the building and found two females inside. The first was 40-year-old Sheila Reed of Killeen, who was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin.
Police shortly thereafter found 28-year-old Gricelda P. Ramos, of Killeen, who was airlifted to Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple, where the critically wounded woman succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead by Temple Justice of the Peace David Barfield at 10:23 a.m. later that morning.
Smith said the department is holding off on the release of further details in the crime because making them public could harm the investigation.
Killeen police detectives have a pair of unsolved double homicides on this year's active case list. Investigators are still looking for those responsible in the April 28 shooting deaths of a Killeen man and woman who were found in their home on Grasslands Drive.
Contact Justin Cox at email@example.com or call (254) 501-7568