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Witness in Pizza Joint Shootout Recalls Incident, Police Arrest Suspect


Davion Whiting-Hill mugshot. | Image from Dallas Police Department.

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An eyewitness to the shooting outside a pizza joint in Uptown Dallas said, “there were at least 30 shots that were involved.”

As reported by the Dallas Express, officers responded to a shooting call on Sunday, Oct. 24, at the 2600 block of Howell Street. Police said that a fight had broken out between two groups of people that got into an argument inside a Rocco’s Pizza at around 10 p.m. The shooting resulted in two injured.

According to WFAA, a witness of the shooting said she had been eating in the restaurant with her friend when the shootout began.

The witness said she guessed “emotion broke out.” She recalled that she and her friend were walking to their car and standing by the driver’s side of the vehicle when the shooting began.

“There were at least thirty shots that were involved,” the witness recalled. “I’m not sure which direction he was shooting, who was the intended target. We were caught in the crossfire.”

Jabre Swanigan, whom police said was not involved in the initial argument, had been shot in the head when the shootout ended. Swanigan is now at Parkland Hospital in critical condition.

“It was traumatic,” the witness added. “I’ve never experienced anything like that. There were people walking by me saying, ‘He’s dead, he’s dead.’”

Dallas police revealed that another victim was shot in the leg but is in stable condition. Police said that the second victim was involved in the argument and had left the scene. Investigators located the man at a nearby hospital where he was receiving treatment.

Dallas police arrested Davion Whiting-Hill, 22, in connection with the shooting, and he is now facing a charge of aggravated assault.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Whiting-Hill had an empty handgun in his possession when officers arrived at the scene. He also told officers that he had fired shots at unknown people.

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