Authorities have explained the supposed circumstances surrounding the incident in which a 13-year-old boy was shot at his home last Wednesday in North Dallas and announced the relationship between the victim and the man who allegedly pulled the trigger.
The Dallas Police Department (DPD) said the alleged shooter, Randy Edwards, 53, was the boy’s father and that the incident stemmed from the boy reportedly “misbehaving,” according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
The document shed further light on what led to the shooting at the Lake Highlands home in City Councilman Adam McGough’s District 10.
Police responded to the 8400 block of Ellery Drive near U.S. 75 and Interstate 635 at around 8 p.m. on February 23 to find that a young boy had been shot.
According to the affidavit, the 13-year-old had been playing outside the home while suspect Edwards and his daughter, the victim’s 11-year-old sister, were inside.
Edwards was cooking dinner while the boy was apparently “acting up,” according to a witness statement from the victim’s sister cited in the affidavit. He was hitting the door frame and windows repeatedly with a stick and throwing rocks at the front of the house, she said.
The boy’s father reportedly instructed the boy to stop multiple times, at one point allegedly threatening to “shoot the window if [the boy] didn’t stop,” the sister’s statement read.
Edwards’ son persisted, however, allegedly prompting the 53-year-old man to produce a black handgun and fire a single shot at the door. The boy was hit in the abdomen by a bullet. He attempted to flee but collapsed on the neighbor’s property across the street.
Allegedly taking the gun with him, Edwards apparently fled the scene without assisting his son, according to the affidavit.
The boy was taken to Children’s Medical Center Dallas. He was admitted in critical condition on Wednesday but listed in stable condition the following day, per WFAA.
Edwards was taken into custody by DPD on Friday and was charged with aggravated assault of a family member with a deadly weapon, according to The Dallas Morning News. Edwards’ bail was set at $75,000, per the DMN, but it was unclear as of Monday whether he was still being held at Dallas County jail.
The incident at the Edwards residence is just the latest family violence case to contribute to Dallas’ recent rise in reported violent crimes, unchecked by a seemingly ineffectual city council.
As of Sunday, according to a DPD crime briefing, Dallas saw significant spikes in family violence aggravated assaults (10.08%) and sexual assaults (11.11%) year-to-date compared to 2022.
It’s the mindlessness behind people just getting a gun and pulling the trigger for nonsense! Everyone needs to take classes mandatorily at the purchase of a firearm whether you carry a license or not thanks to this constitutional carry law. They forgot to add that part when they passed it. People, this is called self-purging! The love of many will wax cold and this is the display of it if a father can senselessly discipline his own child by putting him in critical condition with a gunshot wound instead of normal discipline.
He probably had a chemical dependency and/or mental illness that raged him out so uncontrollably.
A class is going to prevent someone from shooting their own kid?
Tough love? Obviously this guy is a thug. Just wondering why the article states the gun was black. To make the gun more sinister? Is it the guns fault?
Maybe they’d prefer a camo or even a pink gun.
I’m sure democrats will blame white people and Pres Trump for this, the Times is working on the article now
Kevin no one is blaming The former President Trump for this. From what his relatives say about him. He was pretty disrespectful. Oh Gosh he is still that way. He and that kid have a lot in common. Hmmmm
I fail to see how this is the fault of the city council, or a council member.
This has nothing to do with a councilman! This is about a man and his disobedient child, and a father who lost it! Family violence is getting worst! I listened to chief of police Mr Garcia lie on tv that the violence in dallas is down!! Liar!! It’s worst than it’s ever been! Family violence: example my sisters grandson who is 16 knocked her down for not taking band instruments to another location for his school. She called police and was treated like a criminal! She told police would you take home your grandchild who just attacked you? She said you bring him home. They said you abandoned him, she said he beat me to the ground! These kids today put on I’m a good person in public and at home they bully their parents! I don’t say shoot them , two wrongs don’t make it right. I feel for that father and the unruly 13 year old. The Bible said honor thy parents. Parents have to pick their battles it’s the hardest job on the planet! I am happy this child survived other wise this father would be facing murder! There is a lesson in this situation.
I just want to comment to one of the comments. This has nothing to do with trump! This has nothing to do with white people! This is not a black and white issue. This has nothing to do with whether you are democrat or republican. We all need to get along and stop dividing our nation , this is why there are riots, stemming from civil unrest that leads to lawlessness. Love one another no matter what color, what affiliation when we bleed it’s all red.
Again blaming the wrong party for this crime. Councilman Adam McGough has no authority over law enforcement in his district; you should be laying this at the feet of the mayor and DA.