A large dog attacks two children in Killeen on Saturday, leaving one dead and the other in the hospital.
Police say just before 5:00 Saturday evening an 18-year-old male, 8-year-old girl and two-year-old boy were walking back from the park.
All of a sudden a bull mastiff comes out of a garage and attacks them.
The Coon family is heartbroken over what happened right next door, saying it could have been their children.
"We were in the backyard at the time when it happened. Any normal day we would be out in the street; it would be my two-year-old and seven-year-old and they're out every single day on the street," says Neil Coon, neighbor.
Killeen Police Officers were called out to the 4100 block of Pennington Avenue on Saturday regarding shots being fired.
While en route, they were told a dog had attacked several children.
Police say the three kids were walking back from the park on the sidewalk, when the dog came out of a garage.
A bull mastiff went after the 8-year-old first.
As neighbors pulled the dog off of her, he then went after the two-year-old.
Officers say the child was dragged down the sidewalk until one neighbor fired rounds to scare the dog away.
Neil Coon says by the time he heard, it was too late.
"I didn't hear the gunshot, my seven-year-old daughter did. If I would have only reacted a little bit faster, maybe I could have gone out there and helped. By the time I went out, the dog was already inside the house," says Coon.
Mildred Lubina is a nurse who lives right in front of where the attack happened; she ran out to help.
"I saw the kid and I started doing CPR. The child started to breathe but blood was coming out," says Mildred Lubina, neighbor and nurse.
A scary situation for her, knowing that the two-year-old was in bad condition.
"Looking at the child, I felt so bad for the helpless child," says Mildred Lubina, neighbor and nurse.
The boy was taken to Darnell Army Medical Center in critical condition and later died from his injuries.
The 8-year-old girl is currently in stable condition.
The Killeen Police Department says up until recently, dog attacks were rare.
"Unfortunately we've had a couple of them in a couple of weeks. Fortunately, the children that were bit a couple of weeks ago were able to survive theirs, but it could have happened to them as well. Unfortunately we had a death on this one and we don't want this to happen again," says Carroll Smith, Killeen Police Department.
In that case, the owner was charged with dog at large, which is a Class C misdemeanor.
Smith says you should always keep an eye on your pet, especially if you know it's aggressive.
Neighbors say, the bull mastiff never seemed aggressive before.
"Too big for his own good. He seemed pretty playful, barking every now and then like a normal dog. It's just one of those things, you never know when something like that could happen," says Coon.
In the city of Killeen, dogs must be on a leash any time they are outside of a fenced-in yard.
Neighbors tell us the owner of the dog was out of town at the time and was being watched by his mother.
The bull mastiff is currently in possession of Killeen Animal Control.
A two-year-old girl was killed in a dog attack two weeks ago in Temple.
Police say her family was watching a pit bull for a friend on February 17th.
The dog attacked Je'vaeh Mayes in the backyard of her home after she slipped out of the house without her parents' knowledge.
She later died at the hospital.
H.B. 1355 Lillian's Law took into effect in 2007, making dog owners vulnerable to felony charges when dogs attack.
According to the law, there are two provisions. The first allows dog owner's to be charged when they act with criminal negligence in allowing a dog's unprovoked attack that causes serious injury or death. The second is if an owner knows a dog has been labeled dangerous and it makes an unprovoked attack outside its enclosure causing death or injury requiring hospitalization.
The offense would be a third-degree felony if the dog causes serious bodily injury to a victim in an unprovoked attack, punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a possible $10,000 fine.
It would be a second-degree felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison, if a victim dies as a result of an unprovoked attack.