High school student shot to death while biking to school

Posted on April 24, 2009. Filed under: mass murder, Texas |

FORT BLISS, Texas — A Chapin High School student who would have graduated in June was shot and killed Friday morning, allegedly by a soldier. The bullet felled Ezra Gerald Smith, 18, who was riding his bike to school in a military housing area near Fort Bliss.

Army Spc. Gerald Polanco allegedly shot Smith dead about 7:50 a.m., Fort Bliss officials said.

Polanco, 37, also was charged with shooting and wounding another soldier.Polanco was in a home when he allegedly opened fire. Both victims were outside, said Maj. Gen. Howard B. Bromberg, commanding officer at Fort Bliss.

The second victim, a male soldier whose name was withheld by post administrators, was in stable condition at Beaumont Army Medical Center. Bromberg said the soldier had non-life-threatening wounds.

Twenty minutes after the gunfire, Polanco turned himself in to military police and was arrested. Bromberg could offer no possible motive for the shootings. More on El Paso Times

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