Fatal Shooting in South Dallas


Police car | Image by Jaromir Chalabala

After a shooting on Tuesday night in South Dallas left one dead and one injured, police have launched an investigation.

Officers responded to a shooting in the 4300 block of Spring Avenue at 10:10 p.m. on January 17, according to the Dallas Police Department. The site of the incident is west of Parkdale Lake and southeast of Cotton Bowl Stadium.

As determined by the preliminary investigation, there were two victims who suffered gunshot wounds. The shots were fired into a residence by an unknown assailant.

One of the victims was 52-year-old James Deckard. He was transported to a local hospital and died shortly thereafter as a result of his sustained wounds.

The second victim reportedly refused to be taken to the hospital. The identity and condition of the second victim are unknown at this time.

The incident is currently the subject of an ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident, now documented under case number 010272-2023, is asked to contact Detective Theodore Gross. Gross can be reached by calling 214-671-3143 or by emailing [email protected].

According to Wednesday’s crime report, there have been 326 assaults involving a firearm and 13 homicides citywide so far this year.

DPD registered 214 murders in 2022. That number is higher than in 2018 and 2019, when the city reached a level of homicides not seen since 2007.

The recent shooting took place in City Council District 7, which is represented by Councilmember Adam Bazaldua. As recently reported by The Dallas Express, this district saw a sharp increase in assaults and murders in December and, unfortunately for the residents who rely on city leaders to protect them, the trend seems to be continuing.

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