VIDEO: Four People Shot in Deep Ellum Incident Amid Police Shortage

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Four people were shot during a late-night incident on June 9 in Deep Ellum.

Police responded to a shooting call at North Crowdus Street and Elm Street, where they found four males, ages 17, 26, 28, and 35, who had sustained injuries from gunfire. The incident occurred in Council Member Adam Bazaldua’s District 7.

“The 17-year-old was listed in critical condition; the other three men are in stable condition,” Michael Dennis, a public information officer for the Dallas Police Department, told The Dallas Express. “There have been no arrests in the case. This is an ongoing investigation.”

In a video obtained by NBC 5 DFW, multiple victims can be seen lying next to the road receiving medical treatment from paramedics.

“Went to Deep Ellum awhile back for the first time in ages. Had the same guy follow us around and try to start a fight with us twice, for no reason. I couldn’t help but notice the type of people in the area has changed significantly,” X user @1031ent commented on the video post.

DPD has been dealing with a number of issues that have hampered its efforts to fight crime. The department was only budgeted $654 million this fiscal year, much less than other high-crime cities like Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City. Additionally, the department currently has only about 3,000 officers in the field, even though a City report recommended that around 4,000 are needed to adequately patrol a city the size of Dallas.

The staff shortage has affected police response times, as covered previously by The Dallas Express.

“We can no longer allow these types of instances to happen in our city,” Antong Lucky of Urban Specialists, a local group dedicated to violence prevention, told NBC 5. “I would love to see some more efforts towards enforcement around our places where we go to kick it and have fun.”

With a rise in crime in the Deep Ellum area, civic leaders and the Deep Ellum Foundation have aimed to make the area safer for all through a crime suppression strategy, as covered by The Dallas Express.

The strategy includes additional surveillance cameras, improving lighting around parking lots, and bringing in nearly 24 off-duty police officers to patrol the neighborhood on busy nights and weekends.

DPD created a unit dedicated to the Deep Ellum area in 2022 following an increase in crime, as The Dallas Express reported.

Downtown Fort Worth is similarly patrolled by a special police unit and private security guards. The neighborhood regularly sees far less criminal activity than Downtown Dallas.

Citywide, aggravated assaults this year have thus far totaled 2,510, with April and May recording the highest number of offenses, per the City of Dallas crime analytics dashboard.

There have been 93 murders reported this year as of June 9, per the dashboard. Dallas has been logging between 16 and 19 murders per month, with six already reported this month.

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