A Bell County grand jury on Wednesday indicted a local man that Killeen police say incited a juvenile to shoot at a man and his family in a convenience store parking lot in 2017.
Lawrence Charles Bryson Jr., 23, is charged with aggravated assault as a member of a street gang. Bryson is in the Bell County Jail in lieu of $200,000 bail, and also is facing a felony charge of criminal solicitation of murder, according to jail records.
Bryson was arrested by Killeen police on Sept. 18, 2017, after a juvenile boy he was with fired gunshots at a man standing by his car outside of a convenience store, according to the affidavit for arrest.
Police officers spoke with the employee of a Texas Mart who said that while he was working, two people came in and tried to make a purchase with counterfeit money. The two people, one of whom was the juvenile boy, became belligerent when he refused to take the money, police said.
While Bryson and the juvenile yelled at the store employee, a man came to the aid of the employee. The two people in the store began to yell at the man, who later left the store and walked to his car, in which his girlfriend and her child were sitting, according to the arrest affidavit.
As the man got to his car, Bryson told the juvenile boy “pop a cap in the mother (expletive),” according to the affidavit. The juvenile boy then fired shots at the man, his girlfriend and her child, police said.
The affidavit does not indicate the customer was hit by any of the bullets.
Bryson is on the grand jury list as being from Killeen. However, on the Bell County jail log, he is listed as being from Temple.