An 18-year-old man was killed and two other people were wounded in a shooting in a park in south Dallas on Saturday night, police said.

The patrolmen responded to the Juanita Craft Recreation Center Park on the 3000 block of Lyons Street around 7:30 p.m., where three people had been shot.

The 18-year-old, whose identity is not yet known, was pronounced dead on the spot.

The other two people who were shot were hospitalized in stable condition, police said.

Police did not provide any additional details about the shooting.

The shooting was one of several that Dallas police responded to Saturday night through Sunday morning.

At 8:15 p.m., a 27-year-old man was shot in the chest while trying to end a fight on the 3600 block on West Davis Street. He was hospitalized in stable condition.

Just before midnight, a 58-year-old man was walking down the 4100 block of South Westmoreland when he was approached by someone demanding property and shot the victim in the shoulder during a fight, police said. He was hospitalized with injuries that were not considered life threatening

At around 3 a.m., a man who had been shot multiple times was taken to an emergency room and later taken to an accident hospital. The police did not provide an update on his condition.

Later that Sunday morning at 9 a.m., a man was critically shot and killed while interfering with another person on Holmes Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

The fatal shooting on Saturday night in South Dallas Park was at least the 63rd murder reported in the city that year. This is a significant increase from the number of previously reported murders in 2020, the deadliest year in more than a decade.

The Dallas Police Department’s citywide crime statistics report, last updated April 15, showed a 22.5% increase in homicide and non-negligent manslaughter compared to the same period last year.

Department records show 252 reports of murder and non-negligent manslaughter in 2020.

For the first time since starting his new job, we hear from Dallas’ new police chief about his plans to reduce violent crime and rebuild trust, and about his transition to the city.

Although the number of homicides continues to rise, other statistics from the department suggest that the total number of violent crimes has decreased by 4.9% since the start of the year.

Police chief Eddie Garcia, who started work in February, told NBC5 at the time that the homicide rate was important, but that serious assaults were the real clue to a city’s violence.

Departmental data shows that the number of serious assaults increased by 10% and the number of robberies and violent sexual offenses increased by 31.7% and 14.6%, respectively.

“Violent crimes have increased in every major city in the country. We just need to make sure we have the right people at the table to work out a plan to reduce these crimes,” Garcia said in February. “We have the pieces that we just need to put together. It starts with our officials being known for building strong community relationships … and removing the criminal element from our streets are not mutually exclusive.”


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