Stevie Ray Puente is from Fort Worth and had been in Brownwood for about two months, living with his cousin, his cousin’s girlfriend and their 3-month-old infant in a residential neighborhood on Avenue D, police said.
Joseph Felkner, who worked for an electrical contractor, lived in a trailer in Early with his girlfriend, Brandi Eckenrode, and a friend, David McGary.
Police haven’t said what they believe about the events that brought the two groups together at 1812 Ave. D, first on Friday night and a second time around 2:30 a.m. Saturday.
The second time they were together, police allege, Puente, 22, fired multiple shots that killed Felkner, 34, and wounded Eckenrode, 20, and McGary, 30. Police recovered an empty 9 millimeter semi-automatic pistol at the scene, police Sgt. Troy Carroll said. Puente remained at large Monday afternoon.
Joseph Cadena, 19, who had accompanied the three who were shot, was not injured.
“We’re getting information from the parties involved,” Carroll said. “Right now all we know is there was an argument at 8:30 (Friday night) and another argument at the time of the shooting.”
Police are speculating on a motive for the shooting, but have not determined that their speculation is correct, Carroll said. He would not elaborate, and did not say how the two groups knew each other.
Felkner was shot seven times and was killed instantly, Carroll said. He said Eckenrode, who was shot twice, and McGary, who was shot three times, are in stable condition at Brownwood Regional Medical Center.
The first time Felkner and his companions were at the Avenue D residence, someone pulled a gun after an argument and Felkner and his companions left, Carroll said.
When they returned around 2:30 a.m., Felkner and McGary got out of their car and walked up to the front door. An argument began involving the two men and someone in the house, and Eckenrode walked up to the door, Carroll said.
Someone standing in the living room began shooting. The main door was open, and police found bullet holes in the screen door, Carroll said.
Earlier Bulletin articles stated that the shooting started as the three walked up to the residence.
Little information was available Monday on Felkner. His body was taken to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.
According to Brownwood police:
A warrant for murder and two counts of aggravated assault has been issued for Stevie Ray Puente, 22.
Puente is described as a Hispanic male, 5 feet, 6 inches tall, weighing 175 pounds and with brown hair and brown eyes. He should be considered armed and dangerous.
Andrew Vasquez, 30, and Valerie Perez, 21, were arrested at the shooting scene and charged with tampering with evidence and hindering apprehension.
Vasquez remained Monday in the Brown County Jail. Perez is free on bond.