What appears to be a violent home invasion early Friday morning resulted in two men shot.
During the initial investigation, illegal controlled substances were found in the house where the shooting occurred, Temple Police Department spokesman Cody Weems said in an updated news release.
Officers are trying to find out if the drugs were “a contributing factor to this incident,” Weems said.
The type and amount of drugs found are still under investigation.
The two adult men were taken to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Temple and were said to be in stable condition, a Temple Police news release said.
A call came in at about 5:30 a.m. The shootings happened inside the residence in the 2200 block of South 47th Street during the attempted burglary, Weems said.
The suspects were three unknown black males.
No additional information was available since it was early in the investigative process, Weems said.
Temple Police officers were canvassing residents in the area and were also searching adjacent streets for any evidence that might be connected to the shootings.
Edward Lopez lives a few houses down the block on South 47th Street. Lopez said his wife woke him up to tell him about the flashing lights and police officers in the neighborhood.
Lopez said the brick home with the white shutters was empty since at least October 2018 when he moved there. People started moving in about a week ago, but he’d only seen them from a distance, Lopez said.
Bright orange traffic cones dotted the yard and street in front of the house, and yellow crime scene tape stretched around the yard and into the street to preserve the crime scene.
Two worn mattresses sat in the grass beside the driveway. A Ryder truck was backed up to the garage door in the driveway, and a U-Haul truck was parked on the street in front of the house. The door on the U-Haul truck was partially open.
Two cars were parked in the driveway.
Friday morning’s shooting makes 10 incidents so far in 2019 that have resulted in injuries and one death, Weems said. The death was the manslaughter case from January that involved the 3-year-old boy, he said.
The shooting is not believed to be linked to other recent shootings, Weems said.
If anyone has any information regarding this case, please contact Temple Police Department at 254-298-5500. Information can also be sent to Bell County Crime Stoppers at bellcountycrimestoppers.com, through the P3tips App or by calling 254-526-TIPS (8477).