A Child’s Death Prompts Soul-searching for Dallas Leaders Grappling With Spike in Violent Crime

The death of a 9-year-old girl killed Wednesday when a gang member shot into her East Dallas home comes as the Dallas Police Department is struggling with a spike in violent crimes and a shortfall of hundreds of officers. So far this year, Dallas has seen 128 homicides. DPD officials in June said the city is on pace to end the year with 228 homicides — the highest count in a decade, and nearly double the 116 homicides in 2014. In May, police reported 40 homicides, the highest monthly total since the 1990s. But Wednesday afternoon’s shooting sparked an outcry — even in a city that has gotten used to the daily toll of violence. Police responded to reports of gunfire at the Roseland Townhomes in the 3500 block of Munger Avenue, around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Detectives say a gunman, seeking another target, mistakenly fired into the unit where Brandoniya Bennett lived. The 9-year-old died after being taken to Baylor Medical Center. Police are still seeking a suspect in the killing.Dallas City Council members said Brandoniya’s tragic death highlights the need for the city to get a handle on violent crime.   Continue reading...

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