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We’ve got some sad news to bring you today. Nineteen-year-old Lacie Larose, a student at Texas A&M’s feeder school, Blinn College, was shot and killed at a May 2 graduation party for her friend, Landon Duke. Ronald Wayne McNeil fired bullets into a crowd of partygoers, striking Larose. One of McNeil’s friends got into a heated argument with Duke over the rules of beer pong.
From The Eagle:
One of McNeil’s friends got into an argument with one of Duke’s friends over the rules for beer pong, Duke said. The verbal exchange became more heated and McNeil and his friends were asked to leave, according to Duke, who said he had stood up to join his friends in escorting the men out.
McNeil did not leave, though. He claimed that he and his friends were on the receiving end of some racial slurs. McNeil responded by telling the people that he was going to get his gun. He then fired shots into the air.
Police records state McNeil told officers during an interview that he accidentally fired the gun while running up to the house. McNeil reportedly told investigators after his arrest that it was his goal to scare the kids at the party with his Glock .40 caliber handgun.
Duke said he heard one shot fired, followed by 14 rapid fire shots — which doesn’t sound accidental to me. One of the bullets struck Lacie, and she was dragged inside where 911 was called after she said she couldn’t breathe. She was transported to College Station Medical Center where she passed away. Two other people were injured in the shooting.
Lacie was planning on going to Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Our thoughts and prayers are with her friends and family..
[via The Eagle]
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