Drive-by shooting at Killeen park sends teen to hospital

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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) A drive-by shooting at Long Branch Park in Killeen sent one teen to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries late Monday night.

(Photo by Kathleen Serie)

Police said they received a call around 11:08 p.m. for shots fired, and learned there was a shooting victim at the park.

When they arrived they found a 16-year-old boy suffering from a gunshot wound.

He was taken to Carl R. Darnell Army Medical Center.

Police said they expect him to be OK.

Police said an unknown suspect in a dark-colored car fired rounds toward people while driving though the park, and then drove off.

No further suspect descriptions were available.

Witnesses said a large group of teens were in the park for a back-to-school party when the shots rang out.

"Everybody was running and pushing each other, trying to get out of the way of the bullets, because bullets don't have names on it, so it could hit anyone," witness Eric Smith said.

Smith said he heard about five shots before he realized his cousin had been shot in the back of the leg.

"I was shocked that he got shot out of all the people, I was like, why would they want to shoot him?" Smith said.

The Killeen Police Department Criminal Investigation Division is investigating the case.

Long Branch Park closes at 11:00 p.m.

Several people who stayed with the shooting victim until emergency crews arrived after 11:00 p.m. were issued citations for being in the park past its closing time.