The College Station man accused of killing a Blinn College student early Sunday is a felon with a history of illegally possessing firearms, according to records released Monday.
Details about Ronald Wayne McNeil's past and how he came to be at 905 San Benito Drive late Saturday were in a police report and prison records search obtained by The Eagle. According to those reports, McNeil, 39, told officers the .40-caliber handgun he retrieved from his house accidentally fired several times.
Family and friends of Lacie LaRose, the 19-year-old killed in the south College Station shooting, reacted with anger, frustration and sorrow on social media Monday.
LaRose was a freshman at Blinn College studying animal sciences. She moved from Irving to College Station with hopes of applying to Texas A&M, according to friends.
In a Facebook post, LaRose's mother, April Hollinghead LaRose, thanked her friends for their kind wishes and expressed outrage over her daughter's death. The mother's profile page was flooded with messages from Lacie LaRose's friends.
"I just wanted you to know that there are many people you'll never meet that were in awe of her spirit and zeal for life; many she inspired to be better and many lives she changed," reads a comment posted by Matt Smith.
"Though she wasn't in this world long enough; she left an impact a footprint -- she made a difference."
A $5,000 online fundraising campaign was set up Monday by LaRose's aunt. The GoFundMe.com page is being used to establish a nonprofit foundation to carry out LaRose's dream of saving animals.
Funeral arrangements are pending the conclusion of an autopsy, according to family members.
As for McNeil, the 39-year-old had his bail set at $500,000 on four first-degree felony charges: murder, deadly conduct and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
According to court records, McNeil was arrested moments after the shooting on San Benito Drive. Police noted in the report that an officer was patrolling nearby after previously responding to a loud party complaint at the home where the shooting took place.
McNeil told officers that he and a friend were at the home watching the Floyd Mayweather/Manny Pacquiao boxing match when someone began using racial slurs. McNeil told police an argument escalated into a fight in which his friend was being assaulted. According to the report, McNeil went across the street to his house to get a gun.
McNeil told officers he was running toward the crowd when the first round accidently went off, police said. According to the report, McNeil said he continued running toward the crowd of people into the backyard, where his finger accidentally pulled the trigger several times. One of the bullets went into a residence on San Saba, behind the home, police noted in the report.
McNeil was arrested shortly after the shooting with the Glock pistol in his pickup's center console, records show.
Chief Deputy James Stewart with the Brazos County Sheriff's Department said he carried a .40-caliber Glock pistol as his sidearm for about 20 years and that it is one of the safest and most reliable weapons used by law enforcement.
"It's just about impossible [for the gun to fire] if your finger is not on the trigger," said Stewart, who is not involved with the investigation. "The safety on a Glock is in the trigger. It's not going to go off with some small movement or by dropping it. You have to do something."
McNeil was convicted in February 2000 of felony manufacture of a controlled substance in Bastrop County.
TDCJ records show McNeil was serving a three-year sentence in a Texas prison when he was convicted of the charge. According to the records, McNeil was released Sept. 29, 2000, under mandatory supervision.
McNeil was arrested and convicted of two misdemeanor charges -- including driving while intoxicated -- since his release. In each of those cases, McNeil was ordered to serve 100 days or less in the Brazos County Jail.