Killeen Police chief blames ‘hybrid gangs’ for drive-by shooting of woman, 5-year-old girl

Published: Sep. 13, 2021 at 2:43 PM CDT
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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) - City of Killeen Chief of Police Charles Kimble on Monday blamed “hybrid gangs” and drug-related activity for the shooting of a 45-year-old woman and a 5-year-old girl struck by gunfire Sunday evening as they sat outside a residence.

“We as a community have to say ‘enough is enough.’ There are people involved in the aid of these drug dealers - these gang bangers - and at what point are we going to say, ‘that’s it,’” Kimble asked the community.

The police chief said criminals and violent crime often impact “our most precious commodity: our children.”

Sunday’s shooting happened shortly before 9 p.m. in the 3400 block of Barcelona Drive. Police said the girl and the woman were sitting outside when a vehicle drove up and someone inside the vehicle fired rounds in their direction.

The gunfire struck the victims and damaged several vehicles and the residence. The girl was transported to McLane’s Children’s Hospital in Temple. The woman was taken to Baylor Scott & White Temple. The victims, reportedly in stable condition, have not yet been identified.

Kimble said Sunday’s shooting and the fatal shooting 19-year-old Alondra Santiago earlier this month are both related to gang activity in the area.

“These incidents, we believe, are directly related to the violent and illegal conduct of hybrid gangs,” said police chief Kimble.

The gangs have no identifiable leader and often work together as they engage in drug trafficking, aggravated assaults and murder.

“Their allegiance is usually to whomever has the most drugs at the time,” Kimble said.

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