Killeen police said a 16-year-old was shot and killed during a suspected burglary at a home in northeast Killeen on Wednesday.
A Killeen police spokeswoman said the teen’s next of kin has been notified, but his name would not be released because he was a minor.
KPD officers arrived in the 1700 block of Spring Rose Circle shortly after 6:15 p.m. Wednesday on a shots fired call. Upon arrival, officers found a black male lying in the home.
According to a preliminary investigation, the teen was shot while attempting to burglarize the residence. He was pronounced dead at 6:47 p.m. by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke.
An autopsy was ordered with the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.
The investigation is ongoing.
Neighbors nearby said that aside from arguments or the occasional sound of gunshots, the area is particularly quiet. Children were outside playing and riding bicycles on Friday afternoon.
Sarah Crenshaw has lived in an apartment in the area since June, and has been worried about her safety since the news of the death broke. She was cooking dinner when she heard the two gunshots; two of them at least, she said. She knew something was going on, because the shots sounded different from the automatic weapon-type gunfire she hears from Fort Hood.
“Ever since that killing, I’m scared to even open my door,” she said.
She said that police have responded to a few calls in the area since the beginning of the year, but it was for nothing as serious as the shooting death.
However, she lives at the apartment alone, and said that a lack of outside lighting coupled with the fact that she is legally blind makes her nervous that a burglar could break into her home with ease.