Multiple Shootings Mark Beginning of July

Danger on the street. Blue flasher on the police car at night. | Image by Jaromir Chalabala/Shutterstock

With the Fourth of July weekend in full swing, Dallas saw its typical share of violence on the Friday and Saturday before Independence Day.

Cyclist Killed in Hit-and-Run:

The Dallas Police Department (DPD) is investigating a deadly hit-and-run that killed one person. The department is asking the public for help identifying the driver and vehicle.

On Friday, June 30, at about 5:30 a.m., officers were called to the 7900 block of Scyene Road, according to a news release.

When officers arrived at the scene, they discovered a bicyclist who had been struck by a vehicle, but the vehicle’s driver had already fled the scene. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital, where they died from their injuries. Authorities have not publicly identified the victim.

Police released a picture of the vehicle believed to have been involved in the incident, describing it as a “black 2000 to 2006 model GMC Yukon/Denali SUV with bright blue colored headlights, black wheels and chrome front bumper. The vehicle is missing the front GMC grill and the lower part of the front bumper.”

If anyone has any information regarding the vehicle, please contact Vehicle Crimes Unit Detective R. Rodriguez #8502 at 214-671-0011 or [email protected].

The incident occurred in District 5, which Dallas City Council Member Jaime Resendez represents.

Fight Leads to Woman Getting Shot:

Dallas police are investigating a shooting that left a woman in the hospital.

On July 1, police responded to a call in the 11100 block of Harry Hines Blvd. When officers arrived at the scene, they found a woman suffering from a gunshot wound.

During a preliminary investigation, officers determined that two women had an altercation that escalated when one woman shot the other. The injured woman was transported to a local hospital and is listed in stable condition, according to police.

Police did not say whether the woman who fired the shot was taken into custody or whether she would be charged with a crime. The investigation remains ongoing.

The shooting took place in District 6, which is represented by Dallas City Council Member Omar Narvaez.

Man Shot on W. Camp Wisdom Road:

DPD is investigating another shooting in the Oak Cliff area, this time in the 4000 block of W. Camp Wisdom Road.

On July 1, just after midnight, Dallas police responded to the scene of a shooting call and discovered a 27-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound.

The victim was transported to a local hospital by Dallas Fire-Rescue and is listed in stable condition, according to police. Authorities did not publicly identify the victim.

The suspect, who police identified as 32-year-old Chaddrick Combs, remained at the location and was detained by patrol officers. After detectives interviewed Combs, he was charged with aggravated assault.

The investigation remains ongoing.

The shooting occurred in District 3, now represented by newly-elected Dallas City Council Member Zarin Gracey.

Violent crime has been a serious problem in Dallas, where the police department has been chronically short-staffed, with only about 3,100 officers. The department is hundreds shy of the number needed to sufficiently manage crime in the city, as reported by The Dallas Express.

The downtown area of Dallas, where the crime rate is particularly high, does not have a dedicated police unit to patrol the area. Nearby Fort Worth, which has dedicated patrols and private security serving its downtown area, has a significantly lower crime rate.

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