A 43-year-old Early man was arrested Monday after allegedly shooting a man – just below the waist – that he reportedly found with his wife in a vehicle near the edge of Lake Kirby, Abilene police say.
Jim Wayne Bundick, 43, has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. His bond was set at $30,000. He has been released from Taylor County Jail.
The shooting happened just before 7 p.m. Monday on the east side of the lake in one of the turnout areas.
“We saw an ambulance go down to the lake and then a fire truck and several police cars, a lot of sirens,” said Kandace Raymond, who was coaching a Wylie Girls Fast Pitch Softball game at the time and is the acting president of the club.
Bundick shot the victim – identified as John Morrow, 44 – below the waist, police said. Morrow is in critical condition at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene.
According to police, Bundick drove to Kirby Lake Park “looking for his wife.” In an arrest report, police said Bundick called 911 and told dispatchers "he shot the man that was having an affair with his wife."
“As Bundick approached the vehicle, Morrow exited and a verbal confrontation ensued between the two men,” Abilene Police Sgt. Lynn Beard said in a news release. “Bundick then drew a 9mm pistol and fired once at Morrow, striking him below the waist. Morrow fled the area and collapsed a short distance away.”
Beard said Bundick called 911 to inform dispatchers “that he had just shot someone in the park near the water.” He surrendered without incident.
“This shooting occurred near the water and quite some distance from the ball fields,” Beard said. “The ball fields were out of range of the shooting and no families or children were in danger.”
Raymond said that although the shooting seems like an isolated incident, she and the other coaches were fearful nonetheless when they first heard about the shooting.
“We took precautions with going around to the coaches because there were games going on all four fields,” Raymond said. “They got their children off the fields and we began to do an evacuation process.”
Another coach even had to stop some curious children from running straight to the scene of the shooting after hearing gunfire.
Raymond said she wants to remind people that that the Lake Kirby is a public area and, as a family friendly area, it is no place for a gun.
“We obviously don't want anything like that around here,” Raymond said. “We're worried about the safety of our kids and that's our concern.”