Detectives are asking for help locating the gunman who fatally shot a 29-year-old man in a parking lot near police headquarters in South Dallas, officers say.
According to police, 29-year-old Nicholas Slaughter was shot Sunday night in the parking lot next to the Chocolate Lounge in the 2000 block of South Lamar Street.
Slaughter, a member of the United States Air Force, was taken to a hospital where he died from his wounds, police said.
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Marlo Obera said the news about his brother-in-law hit like a sledge hammer.
“He called me big bro. Kind of saw him grow up. I saw him grow into himself and then all of this happens,” Obera said. “Right now, I’m just kind of numb. I’m still hoping I can wake up and it didn’t happen.”
What happened leading up to shooting is unknown at this time, except to the people who were there. And to those people, Obera has this message.
“If you saw something, say something. I can’t say that enough. We have to take care of our community. And to do that you can’t be quiet on information like this,” he said.
Col. Allen Duckworth, commander of Slaughter’s fighter wing, said no other airmen from the wing were with Slaughter at the time. However, word spread fast, and now there’s a void.
“He was always worried about other people, taking care of other people and making sure they were OK. He’s the kind of airman you wished you had 100 of in any organization,” Duckworth said.
Obera said Slaughter was a great uncle to his children and had so much to look forward to.
“He was ready to take on the world,” he said. “He finally got everything in place just to fly.”
We’re told Slaughter was what is known as a “traditional reservist” and did not live on base.
Investigators did not provide information on a possible motive for the shooting. No arrests have been made.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact Det. Abel Lopez at 214-671-3676 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with reference to case number 186354-2020.
Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest and indictment. Tips can be called into 214-373-TIPS (8477), 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
NBC 5's Candace Sweat contributed to this report.