ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Two overnight shootings were not the result of random violence, according to Abilene police at a Saturday evening press conference.
“You are not unsafe,” said Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge. “This is a tragic weekend, but I want to reassure everyone you are not unsafe.”
Police are still searching for the suspect in one of the shootings, and a suspect has been arrested in the second.
The first homicide happened at an apartment complex in the 5100 block of Fairmont Street at about 12:30 a.m., Saturday.Police said the victim was identified as 23-year-old Chance Bonni. Bonni, police said is believed to be an immigrant from Africa but he has lived about half his life in the U.S. In this homicide, police said they strongly believed drugs and drug trafficking played a role.
According to police, two men were in an apartment when the victim heard a knock on the door and answered it. When the victim answered the door, he was immediately shot after closing the door.
He was shot in the upper torso. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Preliminary investigation revealed the suspects were possibly wearing hoodies.
Police Chief Stan Standridge said he strongly believes this case will end in an arrest.
The second homicide happened about an hour later in the 700 block of Forrest Avenue.
The victim was identified as 64-year-old Delbert Pimpton. Police said he lived across the street from where he was killed. Pimpton was pronounced dead at the scene with a gunshot wound to his head.
Taken into custody was his neighbor, 66-year-old Roy Lee Jackson. Jackson has three past DWI arrests but no violent criminal history. He is now facing a charge of Murder.It was at Jackson’s home inside the living room, police said, where the shooting happened.
According to police, Jackson was the person who called 911.
Police said the pair knew each other for many years and alcohol is believed to have played a factor.
In this homicide, police said they recovered the weapon, a 9mm glock.
Replay of press conference