Arlington police seek suspect in deadly park shooting

Arlington police are asking for the public's help in identifying a suspect in connection to a deadly shooting that took place over the weekend.

Police say a man named Charles Harris was playing basketball on Sunday with some friends at Brantley Hinshaw Park. Three strangers approached them and asked if they could also play a game.

At some point, 21-year-old Harris and one of the unknown men began arguing.

"He got fouled and dude started calling us all names, and that's when everything escalated into a fight," said Christian Davis, Harris' friend.

When Harris and his friends left and began walking to their car, Harris was shot by the man he had been arguing with.

Harris' friends took him to a local hospital, but he later died.

"I just seen [Harris] say, ‘Ahhh!' and me and my brother picked him up and put him in the truck," said Davis. "…He was saying stuff, he was breathing and everything, but we made it to the hospital…they say he didn't make it."

Harris had moved to Dallas from Detroit about seven months ago for a better life. His mother and stepfather are Detroit police officers.

"In Detroit, there is a propensity for violence, gun violence particularly, almost on a daily basis so we thought it would be a good move for him," said Harris' mother, Toniqua Roche. "…He left to escape the violence he eventually succumb to."

Roche says her son was on his way up, working two jobs and taking college classes.

"Every time I spoke to him, he was more and more motivated and it just sounded like, I could just hear in his voice…I think this is the happiest I've ever heard my son in his adult life," said Roche.

Police say the suspect was seen with shoulder-length dreadlocks with blond tips and a goatee.

He was seen wearing a white tank top, white shorts with a light blue trim at the bottom, tall black socks and royal blue Nike Air Force One high top shoes.

Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to contact Det. Byron Stewart at 817-459-5691 or Crime Stoppers at 817 469-TIPS (8477).

Tipsters who use Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.


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