1 Dead, 2 Injured in Drive-By Shooting

Investigators say there's little evidence for police

By Kendra Lyn
|  Friday, Jul 13, 2012  |  Updated 7:34 PM CDT
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Dallas police continue to investigate the drive-by shooting at the Creekside Villas Apartments on Jim Miller Road that left LaDarius Williams dead.

Randy McIlwain, NBC 5 News

Dallas police continue to investigate the drive-by shooting at the Creekside Villas Apartments on Jim Miller Road that left LaDarius Williams dead.

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1 Dead, 2 Injured in Drive-By Shooting

A teenager is dead and two women were injured after a deadly drive-by shooting in Dallas Friday morning.
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A teenager is dead and two women were injured after a deadly drive-by shooting in Dallas Friday morning.

Police are searching for a shooter who opened fire on the victims at Creekside Villas Apartments, on the 300-block of N. Jim Miller Road, at about 12:45 a.m.

LaDarius Williams, 18, did not survive the shooting.  Police found the teen dead on the steps of the breezeway at the complex.

An ambulance rushed two other women to Baylor Medical Center. 

Lawainna Patterson says her niece, Rhayesha Powell, got shot in the arm.  She’s now been released from Baylor Medical Center.  “It was awful," said Patterson. " She was at home and just came by and started shooting." 

Powell’s aunt says her niece did not know the shooter and believes the complex needs to make Creekside Villas safer.  “They need to shut down the whole apartment complex," said Patterson. "Someone is always getting killed over there."

The grief is overwhelming for friends of Ladarius Williams.  “He was just an innocent bystander at the time.  He was a good person, a good friend to everybody,”  says friend Jeanette Stevenson.

Police say the shooter sprayed the crowd with bullets.  It only took one shot to Williams’ upper body.  He died in a breezeway.

“He’s got a lot of love.  He’s in a much better place right now.  I just hope they get his killer.  Please get the killer,” says Stevenson.

Patterson says the other victim had to have surgery, because the bullet apparently hit her in the back and pierced through her stomach.  She is expected to survive, according to officials.

Witnesses tell investigators that an unknown type of SUV cruised through the complex and sprayed bullets at a small group of people gathered outside.

Investigators say there’s little evidence for police to go on, shell casing are likely in the suspect’s SUV.

Powell’s aunt says her niece did not know the shooter and believes the complex needs to make Creekside Villas safer.

Homicide detectives are talking with witnesses and trying to get more information on William’s killer and why the shooter opened fire.

An autopsy on the teen is planned for Friday.

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