WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — Wichita Falls police are searching for a man’s killer after he was gunned down in the 1200 block of Austin Street about 10:30 p.m. Friday.
First responders quickly learned there was nothing they could do to save the victim.
When first responders answered a 911 call that someone had been shot in the area of Plantation Apartments, they found a man lying in a vacant lot by the house next door.
This is what fourth-grader Keymardricc told his mother he heard while playing inside nearby.
“I was in the house, and all I heard was two gunshots,” Keymardricc said. “They sounded like fireworks.”
Police and fire units quickly responded, and then an ambulance crew with a stretcher, but it was too late.
“There is a 62-year-old white male with a suspected gunshot wound that has been deceased,” WFPD Sgt. Brian Sheehan said. “We’re not going to release the name pending notification of next of kin. Cis has been notified. The investigation will be ongoing. We’re treating this as a homicide as of right now.”
While officials continue to work to gather information, those in the neighborhood said the situation is painful.
“I feel bad, and I feel bad if somebody got shot,” Keymardricc said. “I feel bad.”
After medical crews left the scene knowing there was nothing more they could do, Crime Scene Investigators worked through the night in hopes of finding a motive, and the man’s killer.
Sheehan said police are speaking with at least one person of interest.
Update: Wichita Falls Police Department officials are investigating a homicide Friday night near the Plantation Apartments.
According to officials on scene, officers responded to a gunshots call in the 1200 block of Austin Street about 10:25 p.m.
Witnesses at the scene said they heard two gunshots, and officers said a man, 62, had been fatally shot.
Officers were speaking with people on scene for more information.
Original story: Officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department are conducting a homicide investigation after responding to a report of gunshots at the corner of 13th and Austin Streets, near the Plantation Apartments at approximately 10:20 pm.
Authorities say a 62-year-old male was fatally shot.
Witnesses at the scene say they heard two gunshots.
Streets have been blocked off and police are searching for the area for evidence and suspects.