$1 Million Bond Set For Man Charged In Temple Shooting

Simon Blanco (Jail photo)
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MCGREGOR (May 30, 2014) A Temple man who was arrested in McGregor after officers responded to a report of a suspicious person was charged Friday in a shooting that left a woman fighting to survive.

An arrest warrant was issued Friday charging aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for Simon Gracia Blanco, 38.

Bond on the charge was set at $1 million.

Blanco was served with the warrant Friday in the McLennan County Jail where he was held in lieu of $10,000 bond on a Bell County warrant for criminal trespass of a habitation and without bond on a McGregor complaint charging possession of a controlled substance.

Officers spotted Blanco Thursday evening walking near McGregor High School after residents reported that a man was acting strangely in the area, Investigator Joe Coy said.

When police searched the area they recovered two Baggies, one of which contained methamphetamine and the other cocaine, Coy said.

Officers also were able to confirm that Blanco was named in a criminal trespass warrant out of Bell County.

Temple police officers who responded to a report of the shooting at around 3:40 a.m. Thursday in the 600 block of South 4th Street found the woman lying on the floor of the home.

"The preliminary investigation indicates the victim was shot by a suspect who was known to her," police spokesman Christopher Wilcox said Thursday.

On Friday he said Blanco and the woman are related, but didn't provide further details.

The woman's name wasn't released.