Randy McIlwain, NBC 5 News
Police in Flower Mound are searching for a killer who gunned down 54-year-old Darnell Lamont White outside Donut Plaza at Flower Mound and Garden Ridge Roads at about 10:45 p.m. Tuesday.
Police in Flower Mound are searching for a killer who gunned down a man outside of a donut shop.
Police discovered the victim clinging to life inside his car at Flower Mound and Garden Ridge Roads at about 10:45 p.m. Tuesday.
The man, identified as 54-year-old Darnell Lamont White, had been shot at least twice, once in the head. He couldn't survive those gunshot wounds and later died at the hospital.
It's the first murder in Flower Mound in 3 years and investigators told NBC 5 that it doesn't appear to be random.
"There was some sort of relationship between the victim and the actor," said Capt. Kurt Labhart of the Flower Mound Police Department. "This was not just a random act. We don't want the community to be concerned that there's some violent criminal on the loose."
They know White left work at Target in Lewisville Tuesday night heading home to Justin. For some reason, White stopped in a shopping plaza parking lot in Flower Mound. All the businesses had been closed for New Years. Police said the gunman took aim right outside of Donut Plaza.
Investigators are still piecing together what happened, but they believe White knew the person who pulled the trigger and that the shooter fired several rounds through the back driver's side of White's Mazda.
"What transpired between the time he left Lewisville and the time we received the call, I can't give you the information. We don't know," said Labhart.
A resident heard the shots and called police. Officers found White slumped over unconscious in his car. A helicopter airlifted White to Dallas Methodist Hospital where he died.
White's killer is on the run, and detectives vow to catch the shooter. Police are checking surveillance video for any clues about White's final hours of his life.
Target management didn't want to comment about the loss of their employee.