A shooting early Sunday morning in the Deep Ellum area of Dallas has left one person dead and five others injured, Dallas police said.
Dallas PD said the shooting occurred just before 12:45 a.m., in the 100 block of N. Malcolm X Blvd., near Main Street. Police said an 18-year-old man identified as Kenneth Walker and five others were shot.
Walker was rushed to a hospital, where he died of his injuries. An unidentified 19-year-old was also taken to a hospital and is now in critical condition. The other victims of the shooting were all unidentified females ranging from the ages of fifteen to thirty and were being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Dallas PD officers arrived at the scene to find 18-year-old Lathaniel Pearson pointing a gun. The officers gave Pearson orders to put down his weapon. He dropped the gun, fled the scene on foot, and was arrested at the end of a short pursuit.
Preliminary reports indicate that there were other shooters besides Pearson, and it is unclear if Pearson was responsible for the death of Walker. Police said he has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and evading arrest.
According to Walker’s mother, Jessica Palacios, Walker was the oldest of three children. Palacios said her son cherished his time with his siblings.
“[Walker] was a silent burst of energy,” Palacios said in a text. “It was magnetic. Although his physical being was taken from us prematurely, his beautiful spirit will now flow around us forever.”