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Update: Teen shot in face during sale arranged online, suspect in custody

Posted at 10:51 AM, Dec 31, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-31 18:56:23-05

KILLEEN, Texas — Killeen police said a teenager was shot in the face when the gunman tried to rob him during a sale that was arranged online.

Eric Lavaughn Bonner Jr., 19, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Police said Bonner and the victim, a 16-year-old male, agreed to meet Wednesday morning in the parking lot of a business in the 900 block of W. Jasper Drive.

When Bonner tried to steal the items, police said he shot the victim in the face.

The victim was treated at Baylor Scott & White and has since been released.

A second suspect was taken into custody and released pending investigation.

The Killeen Police Department is asking anyone with any information about the shooting to call Bell County Crime Stoppers at 254-526-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online.

It also wanted to remind everyone about the Safe Exchange Zone in the police department lobby at 3304 Community Blvd. The lobby has a police officer assigned 24 hours a day and is a safe place to conduct online business transactions.