The search is on for a killer in Grand Prairie after a man was gunned down during an armed robbery early Friday morning.
According to police, a woman was dropping of a man at his brother's home at the Quail Ridge Apartments when they were approached by an armed man.
When the armed man tried to rob the pair, the unarmed man, whose name has not yet been released, jumped from the passenger seat and ran toward his brother's apartment, police said. The gunman then chased after the other man and shot him in the chest, police said.
“He saw the threat and wanted to get away from the threat. He went to what provided him safety, towards the apartment complex. I don’t think he expected the gunman would chase after him and actually shoot him,” said Det. Lyle Gensler with the Grand Prairie Police Department.
As gunfire erupted, the woman ran and tried to find safety. Neigbhors, hearing the gunshots, called 911.
“I heard two shots, maybe three,” said neighbor Patty Perez, who, along with her family, woke up to the sound of gunfire. “I got real nervous. The kids are sleeping right by the window."
When paramedics arrived they rushed the injured man to Methodist Hospital in Dallas, where he later died.
Police said it appears the car had been ransacked after the shooting, though they aren't sure if the armed man got away with anything. Officers are investigating if the victims were targeted or if they were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“May be wrong place, wrong time. Maybe they drove up and this person was lying in wait for the next person to come in. We’re not sure at this point,” said
Police said the gunman approached the pair from behind the driver, so she didn’t get a good look at the gunman. Investigators found several shell casings on the ground and removed the siding from the apartment building to extract a bullet as evidence.
The investigation into the shooting is ongoing.