By Jonathon S. Platt
Police authorities from Waco, Baylor and McLennan County responded to a home invasion involving gunfire at approximately 10:15 p.m. Tuesday at 1902 S. 16th St., Waco Police Sgt. Gary Hiatt said.
“We heard ‘pop pop’ noises,” said Walled Lake, Mich., senior Brielle Boomer, who lives next door.
Hiatt said two men were confirmed to have been shot – one a suspect and one a resident, according to authorities. An ambulance arrived to the scene at approximately 11:30 p.m. and both men were taken to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center.
The condition of the men was not released.
Relatives of those involved in the incident identified multiple individuals who were placed under police custody and later escorted from the scene.
“There’s a lot of moving pieces here tonight, so we’ve got to get together and coordinate all the information together,” Hiatt said.
Hiatt said authorities are not positive of how the alleged intruders were attempting to enter the house. However, the shots did not come from the individuals outside.
“They were from inside,” he said.
Hiatt said a complete investigation is underway concerning how and why the incident happened.
“It doesn’t appear that this was a random incident,” Hiatt said.
Boomer and her roommate, Beaver Falls, Penn., graduate student Sierra Davies, were at home Tuesday evening when they became aware of activity in their backyard, both said.
“I thought someone was banging on the back of the house,” Davies said. “My bedroom window is directly by the fence that leads into the backyard – the gate and that fence. And, so, I heard guys enter into that gate, but my blinds were closed so I couldn’t see anyone.”
Both Boomer and Davies said this was not the first time police responded to activity from neighbors in the house at 1902 S. 16th St. Boomer said the house was previously broken into.
“We’ve been here for two years now and this is the first time anything has happened consecutively,” Boomer said.
Hiatt declined to comment on whether all suspects were detained. But he said that neighbors should not be concerned.
The incident did not involve Baylor students, according local residents and Baylor reports.
“A lot of the details won’t come out – won’t be available – until after we’ve wrapped up our investigation here,” Hiatt said.
Authorities said they have reason to believe that narcotics were involved, according to a Baylor Alert email.
Reubin Turner contributed reporting to this story.