1 Dead, 5 Injured in Overnight Shooting in Deep Ellum: Police

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One person is dead and five others are injured after a shooting in Deep Ellum early Sunday morning, police say.

According to the Dallas Police Department, officers heard shots fired while at patrolling the intersection of North Malcolm X Boulevard and Main Street at approximately 12:42 a.m.

Police said officers saw 18-year-old Lathaniel Pearson pointing a gun and ordered him to drop the weapon. 

Pearson dropped the weapon and ran from officers, but he was caught and arrested after a short foot pursuit, police said. 

According to police, at the same time, several other people were also firing weapons in the area where Pearson was at the time of the shooting. 

One victim, identified as 18-year-old Kenneth Walker, was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead, police said. 

A second victim, a 19-year-old Darryus Rice of Duncanville, was transported to an area hospital in critical condition.

His mother told NBC5 her son was shot in the head and remains on life support.

"I’ve been by his bedside and he’s making movements with his hands and tears are falling from his eyes, but they’re telling me he’s brain dead, but my baby is still functioning," said his mother Makeithia Barree.

The family is requesting their son be moved to another hospital in the hope it increases his chance of survival.

Police said there were four other shooting victims, all females between the ages of 15 and 30, who sustained non-life threatening injuries and were transported to local hospitals.

Lathaniel Pearson, 18.
Dallas Police Department
Lathaniel Pearson, 18.

According to police, it is unclear if any of the rounds fired by Pearson were responsible for Walker's death or injuries to the other victims.

Police said Pearson was arrested on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon as well as evading arrest.

The motive and circumstances surrounding this investigation are still under investigation, police said.

While the family of Darryus Rice waits outside his hospital, his mother said she is heartbroken for everyone involved - even those who caused her family's pain.

"We're all human," Barree said. "These kids need to start having regard for human life. It's not a game. It's not a game."

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