Affidavit: Woman charged in deadly club shooting fired repeatedly

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HARKER HEIGHTS, Texas (KWTX) A woman charged with murder in a shooting early Saturday at a Harker Heights nightclub that left two men dead fired repeatedly, according to an arrest warrant affidavit released Wednesday.

Olishea Lawshawn Smith. (Police photo)

Olishea Lawshawn Smith, 29, who shows a home address in the 800 block of Kipling Dr., in Waco, remained in the Bell County Jail Wednesday in lieu of $1 million bond charged with murder, online jail records showed.

Dexter Lamont Prather, 42, of Waco, and Damion Duane Hopkins, 27, of Colorado Springs, were shot to death early Saturday outside the club in Harker Heights.

The shooting was reported just after 5:20 a.m. Saturday at Club Empire at 300 West Veterans Memorial Blvd.

The two victims were both pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say the shooting stemmed from a fight that broke out inside the club over a dice game.

Based on witness accounts and surveillance video, investigators determined that “a woman wearing a distinctive colored dress (pulled) a handgun in the club and (fired) multiple rounds” before she fled.

Investigators were able to identify the woman as Smith and a witness picked her picture out of a photo array, the affidavit says.

Police obtained a warrant charging murder for Smith on Sunday.

She surrendered to detectives at around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Additional charges may be filed, police said.

The double killing was the first in Harker Heights since 2004, police said.

Club Empire, which opened in July 2016, is a bring-your-own-beverage establishment and isn’t regulated by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, police said.

Since the opening, Harker Heights officers have been sent to the club in response to two civil standby calls, two alarm calls, a vehicle accident in the parking lot, and six reports of disturbances, none of which involved criminal activity, police said.

On four occasions, officers found evidence that alcoholic beverages were consumed after 2:15 a.m. and warnings or citations were issued, police said.