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Retired soldier accused of killing girls, wounding woman in Killeen

Man charged with capital murder, held on $2M bond
Published: Mar. 14, 2022 at 12:11 PM CDT
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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) - The Bell County District Attorney’s Office filed capital murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges against Kendrick Donnell Gaines, 39, the man accused of shooting and killing two girls, and wounding his wife, during a domestic disturbance in Killeen over the weekend.

Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke arraigned Gaines, a retired U.S. Army soldier, and set his bond at $2.5 million. The suspect is being held at the Bell County Jail.

An affidavit for arrest obtained by KWTX identified the woman as Danielle Gaines and the slain girls as Makayla R. Martin, 11, and Alyssa Whitfield, 6.

Killeen Police are investigating the deadly shooting at 403 West Vega Lane. When police arrived at the scene shortly after 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 12, they found the eleven-year-old girl dead inside the home. The six-year-old girl was found suffering from a gunshot and was immediately airlifted to McLane Children’s Hospital in critical condition. She eventually succumbed to her injuries.

The 38-year-old Danielle Gaines was found suffering from a gunshot wound to the neck. The affidavit states Danielle told police officers her husband shot her and the girls during an argument. The woman said she ran to a neighbor’s house to call 911 for help. She was eventually transported by EMS to Baylor Scott & White in stable condition.

When police arrived at the scene, they spoke with a teenaged boy inside the home who said he was in a different room when he overheard an argument followed by the sound of gunfire. The boy said he walked out and noticed Kendrick Gaines holding a gun. The boy also ran to a neighbor’s house to call for help.

The affidavit further states a neighbor assisting the wounded woman also noticed Kendrick Gaines walking out of the home holding a gun. Police officers arriving at the scene located the suspect in the front yard of the home where the shooting occurred. The man’s weapon was “found on the ground nearby,” the document states.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the families of two girls who were allegedly shot and killed by Gaines. The account states Kendrick Gaines was Martin’s stepfather. That information has not been officially confirmed by police.

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