A shooting that took place early Sunday morning in Deep Ellum left one teenager killed and five other people injured.
The event occurred around 12:40 a.m. near the intersection of N. Malcolm X Boulevard and Main Street. Shots were fired from multiple weapons.
Kenneth Walker, 18, died at a hospital. A 19-year-old who has not been identified, was in critical condition. The four other injured people were 30, 25, 21 and 15, and none of them had injuries that were thought to be life-threatening, the Dallas Morning News reported.
The police heard the gunshots and saw 18-year-old Lathaniel Pearson holding a gun. Pearson dropped it and ran, but officers arrested him on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and evading arrest.
Stephanie Keller Hudiburg, who leads the Deep Ellum Foundation, said the foundation hires off-duty police officers. District 2 Dallas City Council member Jesse Moreno, who is working with community members in a task force, told the Morning News in a written statement that larger crowds have been frequenting the area to support its businesses. While he encourages a vibrant, welcoming community, “we will not tolerate violence,” he said.
The Advocate last wrote about crime in Deep Ellum in July, when a police officer was placed on leave after punching a man who was involved in a street fight.