Boy, 9, Shot at Dallas Apartment Complex

Boy describes getting shot as he was taking trash to dumpster

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    Police are searching for a gunman who opened fire at a crowded South Dallas apartment complex Sunday evening and shot a nine-year-old boy in the arm. (Published Monday, Aug 18, 2014)

    Police on Monday were searching for a gunman who opened fire at a crowded South Dallas apartment complex Sunday evening and shot a 9-year-old boy in the arm.

    Officers said the suspect, Lajardin Miller, 27, would be charged with injury to a child.

    Miller was aiming at two men across the parking lot after an argument that started Saturday night but neither of them was hit, police siad.

    It happened at Regal Crossing Apartments at 7575 Chaucer Place.

    The boy, Jessie Taylor, and his 10-year-old brother, Vito Green, had just walked outside about 6 p.m. Sunday when bullets started zipping by.

    "My mom, she told us to take the trash out," Taylor said.

    The gunfire hit a car, the apartment building and Taylor’s right arm.

    Green said it happened fast.

    "Bam, bam, bam," he said, describing the gunshots. "At first I thought he was going to die."

    "He saw the gun. I didn't," Taylor said. “I heard the gunshots, and then that's when I threw the trash down and started running. That's how I got shot."

    Green said he and his mother both cried, but his younger brother remained remarkably calm.

    "He said, 'Everything is going to be OK,’” Green said.

    Their mother agreed.

    "He handled it better than us as grown people,” Tina Henderson said.

    The injured child was released from Children’s Medical Center on Monday morning and must wear a sling on his arm for several weeks.

    "For him to just be taking out the trash, to be caught up in something that he don't have nothing to do with, is ridiculous,” his mother said.