13-Year-Old Killed After Being Struck by Stray Bullet in Pleasant Grove

The shooting happened before 8 p.m. Tuesday

A 13-year-old boy is dead after getting struck by a stray bullet in the 9400 block of Bruton Road in Pleasant Grove Tuesday night, Dallas police say.

The shooting marks the fourth teenager killed in Dallas in the past five days.

The shooting happened before 8 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Bruton Road and North St. Augustine Drive, Dallas police said. The 13-year-old was walking out of a gas station when he was struck, Hall said.

The boy, later identified by the Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office as Malik Tyler, was taken to a hospital where he died.

Three of his close friends and brother were feet away when the shooting happened and said they recall hearing a hail of gun fire before they saw Tyler on the ground. 

"He collapsed right then and there, when the ambulance came they was pumping his chest," friend R.J. Foster said. 

Tyler's brother told NBC 5 he was headed home from the store when he was shot. 

"My little brother is only 13, it don't make no sense how people are killing themselves," Keon Sanders said. 

Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall said authorities are asking for the public's help to locate a silver Chrysler 300 in connection to the incident. One of the vehicles was in the parking lot of a gas station, which Hall said has historically been a location for drug- and gang-related activity.

"We're angry. We're saddened. We've lost a life over senseless violence," Hall said Tuesday night.

Police said they were still investigating the shooting.

Editor's note: Dallas police originally said the victim was 14 years old. The Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office later confirmed the boy was 13 years old.

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