Murdeaux Lane Shooting Victim Becomes Murder Victim

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A young man died on Saturday after sustaining at least one gunshot wound in southeastern Dallas the previous day, according to the Dallas Police Department.

Responding to a call about a shooting, officers discovered an 18-year-old male shot in the 100 block of Murdeaux Lane at around 6:50 p.m. on Friday, per DPD’s blog.

It was not immediately clear which Dallas City Council district the murder was committed in, as Murdeaux Lane constitutes a border between Council Member Jaime Resendez’s District 5 and Tennell Atkins’ District 8.

According to the City of Dallas crime analytics dashboard, there have been 11 murders in District 8 and two in District 5 this year as of May 2. Citywide, murders increased by roughly 15% in 2023.

First responders with Dallas Fire-Rescue took the shooting victim to a local hospital, but he died from his wounds the following day. As of the afternoon of May 5, his identity has not been made public by officials pending notification of his family.

DPD encourages anyone with information to reach out to Det. Laurent Swanson at 469-934-5776 or [email protected], citing case number 069136-2024.

As previously reported by The Dallas Express, a City analysis asserted that a jurisdiction the size of Dallas needs about three officers for every 1,000 residents, putting an ideal staffing level at roughly 4,000 officers. The department currently fields only around 3,000.

The effects of the police shortage have been felt in Downtown Dallas. The neighborhood logs much higher rates of criminal activity than Fort Worth’s city center, which is reportedly patrolled by a special neighborhood police unit that works alongside private security guards.

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