The peace of Halloween was shattered in the Uptown neighborhood of Dallas when a 16-year-old Dallas ISD student was shot in broad daylight just yards from his school grounds. The harrowing incident played out at Cole Park, adjacent to North Dallas High School, where terrified students witnessed the violence unfold, as per FOX 4 News.
The accused assailant, 19-year-old Edgar Dominguez, allegedly targeted the teen after catching him in an embrace with his ex-girlfriend near the tennis courts. The confrontation ended with Dominguez reportedly drawing a handgun and firing a shot at the boy's foot. In a chilling revelation, Dallas police said the firearm was pointed at the victim's head before it was lowered to shoot, according to FOX 4 News.
Dominguez, who eluded capture for over a week, was finally arrested in early November, facing charges of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury. The getaway car he is believed to have used was tracked down using a Flock security camera, aiding investigators in making the arrest, as detailed in a report by Audacy.
The community sentiment has since been a mixture of fear and a call to action to address the violence that has permeated schools. "It needs to get better. It really does. The things that’s going on around here, parents really need to open their eyes up to know their kids, be more active and see something, say something," Pennie Polk said in an impassioned plea for change, per FOX 4 News.
Dallas ISD confirmed that Dominguez is not enrolled in their institutions and assured that "standard communication was shared about the incident with families at that school." Parents like Kimberly Navarro remain on edge, her daughter having been close to the scene of the shooting. "It was just really scary," Navarro conveyed, as quoted by FOX 4 News.