Suspects Arraigned After Shooting at Harker Heights High School
Police say they've identified three suspects in the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man at Harker Height High School earlier this week.
The shooting occurred in a parking area at the school shortly before 11PM Tuesday, April 20, when police were dispatched to the scene.
A preliminary investigation revealed that a verbal argument between several people escalated to the point of shots being fired.
Tragically, 19-year-old Quinton Ford of Harker Heights was fatally injured. He was found in a wooded area near the school and transported to Seton Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Gregory Johnson at 12:08 AM Wednesday, April 21.
In an update issued Thursday, April 22 at 5:15 PM, Harker Heights Police Chief Phillip Gadd revealed that investigators have identified three suspects in this case.
The first was identified as 18-year-old Endy Neri Soto of Belton, who's been charged with deadly conduct discharged firearm. Records show he was booked into the Bell County Jail Thursday at 10:22 AM. His bond was bond set at $500,000.
The second suspect was identified as 21-year-old Taja West of Harker Heights, who was booked into the Bell County Jail at 4:16 PM Thursday. He's been charged with aggravated robbery. His bond was also set at $500,000.
A third suspect's identity has not yet been made public pending their arraignment. We'll update this story once that information becomes available.
Tuesday night's shooting remains under investigation, and Chief Gadd is asking anyone with information that might be helpful to contact Harker Heights PD's Criminal Investigations Division at (254) 953-5400, option #2.