KILLEEN, TX - Three men were in custody Monday morning and Killeen police were investigating what led to a shooting incident that brought about a partial evacuation of a neighborhood and an aggressive search for suspects Sunday night.
Killeen police spokesperson Ofelia Miramontez says it started a little before 8:30 p.m. when police got a
9-1-1 call about an armed man in the street in the 1300 block of Calvary Drive.
As officers were on the way, police began receiving numerous 9-1-1 calls about multiple men in the area with guns equipped with laser sights.
As officers arrived on the scene, one of the men immediately fired at the approaching officers, who then returned fire.
"I heard a gun shot and I went back in my house," Edith Bess said.
Bess was home when the shooting happened just feet from where she lives.
Another neighbor, who didn't want to be identified, woke up to the loud sounds and flashing lights.
"I was a little bit scared because i didn't know what was going on and i had heard shots. I was afraid to look out. you never know where a bullets is going to come from," the neighbor said.
In the exchange of gunfire, no one was hurt, but Miramontez says because the neighborhood was the location of several four-plexes, the danger to civilians was high.
She said that it was highly probable that some of the structures were hit, but early there was no assessment of damage or of how many shots were fired.
An intense search of the area resulted in the arrest of three male suspects who were transported to the Killeen City Jail for questioning.
As of Monday morning, the nature of charges was pending and just what the men were up to was still under investigation.
Some are still concerned for their safety, including Bess. She said this isn't the first time she's heard gunshots in the neighborhood, and she fears it won't be the last.
"Well i'm just waiting for my lease to be up. maybe i can find a better location.. a better neighborhood," Bess said.