Early on the morning of Sunday, May 3, Lacie LaRose was shot in the neck at a house party in College Station, where people had gathered to watch Floyd Mayweather fight Manny Pacquiao on TV, reported KXTX news in May.
A report from the College Station Police Department said 39-year-old Ronald McNeil, a neighbor of the party host, fired the shot that killed LaRose.
Early accounts said there’d been a scuffle, but details lacked. Now new witness testimony, reported by The Eagle, indicates that an argument erupted between McNeil and other partygoers regarding the rules of a beer pong game underway. It eventually led to a brief exchange of blows. The witness told The Eagle that McNeil and a group of his friends had been evicted from the party, but pledged to return armed.
And allegedly he did. According to accounts, McNeil entered the house’s backyard and fired fourteen shots from a handgun, which he told police he’d intended to scare the party guests with whom he’d argued. One man was hit in the leg, and one took shrapnel, but LaRose, a bystander, received a fatal bullet.
She died early Sunday morning in the College Station Medical Center, The Eagle Reports.
Jail records show McNeil is currently held in the Brazos County Jail on charges of murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and deadly conduct for discharge of a firearm. Bail is set at $300,000.