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Teenager recovering from gunshot wound after attending Killeen hotel room party

Posted at 12:35 PM, Mar 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-21 14:33:53-04

KILLEEN, TX — An 18-year-old is recovering from a gunshot wound after attending a hotel room party at the Shilo Inn in Killeen where a handgun was discharged.

The 17-year-old suspect died by suicide, according to Killeen Police.

Officers with the Killeen Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a blue sedan for a possible impaired driver at the intersection of W.S. Young Drive and Elms Road around 12:50 AM early Sunday.

According to police, when the officers approached the vehicle, the driver who was the sole occupant, was deceased, suffering from a visible self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The 17-year-old juvenile male driver was pronounced deceased at approximately 2:06 a.m. by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke.

He ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.

While police were on scene, officers were notified about a gunshot victim at Seton Medical Center Harker Heights.

The 18-year-old male victim told officers that he was attending a hotel room party with alcohol at the Shilo Inn.

The victim told police one of the attendees was brandishing a handgun when it discharged, wounding his hand.

The victim provided a description of the suspect and the handgun and it matched the description of the deceased driver in the vehicle.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the two incidents were related, Killeen Police said.

Killeen Police said the investigation to this incident is ongoing and at this time no other information will be released.