One man is dead after a shooting in Dallas' Five Mile Creek neighborhood Sunday evening, police say, marking the 200th homicide of 2020 in the city.
The shooting happened at about 2 p.m. in the 4600 block of Village Fair Drive, Dallas police said.
Police said officers located a man, later identified as 30-year-old Patrick Richardson, with a gunshot wound when they arrived. Dallas Fire-Rescue transported him to Methodist Central Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Homicide detectives identified 25-year-old Ronald Elliott as a suspect in the shooting, police said Monday. He was arrested Sunday and held in the Dallas County jail on a charge of murder with bail set at $500,000, police said.
Early Saturday a 19-year-old SMU student was fatally shot downtown at the intersection of South Harwood and Jackson streets. Police said it was Dallas' 198th homicide of the year.
Sunday, police reported a deadly shooting at a Pleasant Grove gas station just after midnight. The victim in that shooting was not immediately identified.
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Following a deadly 2019 in which more than 200 homicides were reported — up 27.3% over the year before — police Chief U. Renee Hall released a plan aimed at reducing violent crime in the city, which set a goal of a 5% overall reduction in violent crime.
But with two months left in the year, the city is on track to surpass last year's homicide rate.
As of Thursday, homicide offenses, which include murder and non-negligent manslaughter, were up 18.18% over 2019, and violent crime was up .77% citywide, according to department statistics.
Police Maj. Danny Williams said Saturday at a press conference about the SMU student's shooting, that the department's crime plan "continues to be tweaked."
He said the department also started three new units: CAPERS Operation Support Team, which picks up people as soon as warrants are issued; a non-fatal shoot team, a 12-officer team that responds to nonfatal shootings; and a business robbery team, which responds to those calls.
"What we're doing is putting more resources on the problem to immediately gain evidence and intelligence so we can put people in jail when they commit heinous crimes such as the one this morning," Williams said.