Deep Ellum shooting injures 4, police say

Four people were injured in a shooting in Deep Ellum on Sunday morning.

Dallas police said patrol officers heard shots near Elm and N. Crowdus streets around 3 a.m.

Four victims, ages 17, 26, 28, and 35, were taken to the hospital.

The 17-year-old was last listed in critical condition. The other three are expected to arrive.

Dallas police aren't giving many details, but FOX 4 spoke to a witness who said it all started as an argument that escalated into gunfire.

No arrests have been announced.

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The sidewalks in Deep Ellum were packed with people on Sunday afternoon. 

Since the sun was out, people like Kenton Owens felt safe hanging out there.

"All you hear about is the negativity at night, so I try to stay out of here at nighttime," Owens said. 

He heard about the violence that happened over the weekend.

"People are scared to come out because the impression that it’s left is there’s nothing good that happens here after dark," Owens said.

James Davis operates two parking lots in Deep Ellum. 

He was shuttling a group of people when he heard the gunshots.

"So it just started as a fight and then other guys joined in on the fight and that’s when you heard shots," said Davis. "You see the guy laying on the ground. It was at that point, it was surreal." 

Detectives don't believe the shooting was random.

"Those tragic incidents happen and sometimes it’s out of other people’s control," said Davis.

Dallas PD has a dedicated unit just for Deep Ellum.

There are also safety patrols that walk around the area.


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Davis has worked in Deep Ellum for five years and he's seen the efforts firsthand.

"They’re trying to prevent the chaos, but like I said, it’s just hard when you have so many intoxicated people and they outnumber the police," said Davis.

How do you stop the violence?

Davis has one answer.

"We all live in this world, we all wake up to the same sun. We breathe the same air, just be better to your neighbor," he said.  

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call police.