New Year's day shooting leaves one woman dead

POSTED: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 4:49pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

UPDATE -- College Station police have released new details surrounding the shooting death of 21-year-old, Whitney Pullen, who died on New Year's Day.

Just four days prior to the shooting on Cain Road, Kenneth Connor the alleged shooter, was released from the Brazos County Jail on a drug charge.

According to police documents obtained by Fox 28 Connor told police he was playing around with a 9mm handgun in the bedroom when it accidentally went off, hitting Pullen in the head.

Connor's roommate and Pullen's boyfriend, Colin McHenry, told police Connor had pointed the handgun at Pullen.

Police tell us all three had smoked marijuana before the shooting.

Connor is charged with criminally negligent homicide. He remains in the Brazos County Jail on $100,000 bail.

Pullen leaves behind two young children.

COLLEGE STATION -- What was supposed to be a day of celebration ends in a tragic shooting, leaving one woman dead and a neighborhood wondering why?

It started out as a quiet Sunday morning on Cain Road in College Station but that all changed when 21-year-old Whitney Pullen was shot and killed.

"We saw the cops had the end of the street blocked off and you know of course, concerned by-standers, just wanted to see what was going on and one of the neighbors went and found out," said Jay Lee. "It's just so sad to hear a young girl like that being shot."

The 911 call came in around 2:15 in the afternoon from a witness who said Pullen had been accidentally shot.

"The victim, a female in her early 20's had been shot," said Officer Rhonda Seaton. "She was transported to College Station Medical Center where she was pronounced dead."

When officers arrived, the alleged shooter was no longer at the home but they did find the suspect, 22-year-old Kenneth Connor, nearby.

And neighbors tell us they're shocked by what happened.

"To know that someone down the street just passed away due to somebody deciding they want to sit there and you know, pull a gun on them," Victoria Perez said. "And for what? To take someone's life?"

Jay Lee said, "To have that happen right down the street on New Year's day when everyone is still trying to celebrate, that's kind of a bad way to start the year for sure."

Police are still investigating the shooting and say Connor knew Pullen but they still aren't sure of the relationship and what exactly happened yesterday afternoon.

Connor's been charged with criminally negligent homicide and is in the Brazos County Jail on $100,000 bail.


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