'We sense the void already:' In a Deep Ellum shooting early Sunday, one 18-year-old was killed and five others were injured.
Following a shooting early Sunday in Deep Ellum, police said one person was killed and five others were injured, one critically. One individual was apprehended, but his connection to the slaying and injuries remains unknown.
Sunday's deadly shooting was one of numerous violent crimes that have occurred recently in the famous nightlife sector east of downtown, as people have returned following the pandemic's decline. Several other occurrences occurred, including a truck driver colliding with a pedestrian, a Dallas police horse, and a car; a stabbing; and two persons being shot by gunmen.
According to The Dallas Morning News, Dallas police chief Eddie Garca stated that his department has a zero-tolerance policy for violence. Multiple streets in Deep Ellum have been sealed off by police as a result of the shooting, he said, and the department intends to send additional officers to the area Sunday night.
Supervisors will maintain "continuous communication" with on-post personnel, he added.
“We're not going to have it!” he wrote in a text message.
On Sunday, about 12:40 a.m., shots were fired from numerous firearms near the intersection of North Malcolm X Boulevard and Main Street, police said. An 18-year-old man identified as Kenneth Walker was shot, as were five others.
Walker was rushed to the hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. A second victim, an unidentified 19-year-old, was in critical condition.
The four others, all females in their thirties, twenty-five, twenty-one, and fifteen years old, sustained non-life threatening injuries, authorities added.
According to Dallas police, officers responded to Deep Ellum following reports of gunshots. Officers discovered Lathaniel Pearson, 18, "pointing a gun" once they arrived, authorities said.
Pearson dropped the pistol and fled from authorities, police said, but was apprehended and detained on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and escaping arrest. Simultaneously, authorities say, they heard many firearms blazing in the neighborhood.
According to investigators, it is unknown whether Pearson's bullets were fired in connection with Walker's death or the injuries sustained by the other five victims.
No other information was provided concerning the investigation.
'An inaudible swell of vitality'
Walker was the oldest of three children and, according to his mother, Jessica Palacios, he valued his time with his siblings prior to his death Sunday.
Palacios stated that her kid, who went by the moniker "KJ," was well-known for being intelligent, clever, and gorgeous, and she stated that he was respectful to every adult he encountered.
“KJ was a rush of energy that went unnoticed,” Palacios wrote in a text. “It was a force of nature. Although his physical body was prematurely stolen from us, his lovely spirit will now forever flow around us.”
Walker studied business management at Duncanville High School, where he took advanced classes and dreamed of one day establishing his own corporate empire, according to his family.
Palacios stated that Walker had always sought to provide for his family and desired to offer his mother with "the greatest things he could as her son." His entire family and a large number of individuals adored him, she noted.
“Prayers, please,” she requested. “We adore you, KJ, and we can already sense the emptiness you once filled.”
Deep Ellum's crime
In late August, a guy racing through the area in a pickup truck was arrested on suspicion of colliding with a pedestrian, a Dallas police horse, and an automobile while under the influence. A week later, a man was fatally stabbed at Main Street and the Good Latimer Expressway, and the killer left the scene.
In mid-July, at least two more persons were injured in Deep Ellum when numerous shooters opened fire along Main and Crowdus streets. The police have not made any arrests in connection with the incident.