Online dating meet up-turned-shooting sends one to hospital


One man was rushed to an area hospital with a gunshot wound Tuesday following an altercation-turned-shooting during an arranged online dating meet up at a Killeen home, police said.

Killeen police responded to the 5700 block of Dan Drive at 11:41 a.m. after receiving a call about a shooting victim.

When officers arrived, they found a 43-year-old male victim suffering from a gunshot wound and a 30-year-old female victim who was allegedly assaulted.

The male victim was taken to a hospital in stable condition.

Officers said they were told the female victim and a black male suspect made an arrangement to meet through an online dating site.

During the encounter, there was an altercation between the female victim and a male suspect, according to police.

The male victim, who was inside the home, intervened and was shot by the suspect, police said.

The suspect fled in an unknown direction in an older-model white sedan. The female victim was treated and released on scene.

In a news release, Killeen police warned residents of the dangers of meeting strangers for internet sales and online dating.

Police encouraged residents to use the Safe Exchange Zone located in the lobby of the KPD Headquarters at 3304 Community Blvd. when meeting for online sales.



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