FORT WORTH — On Friday afternoon, Samira Parsons placed flowers and balloons next to the wrought-iron fence where her neighbor David Bilbo had fallen the night before in a blast of gunfire.“He was older than most of the people who live around here, and everyone liked him,” Parsons said.Residents of the west Fort Worth apartment complex called him by the nickname “Unc,” short for “uncle,” she said.By 3 p.m. Friday, other neighbors had placed a Bible and candles at the spot, which was growing into a shrine.Bilbo, 41, and Ajimon Holmes, 17, were fatally shot shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday at the Mira Monte Apartments in the 2800 block of Las Vegas Trail, Fort Worth police said.Officers responding to 911 calls about 10 p.m. found Holmes’ body in a parking lot. Bilbo was found in a courtyard. He was pronounced dead in an ambulance on the way to a hospital, police said.A third man was taken by private vehicle to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth and was admitted. His condition could not be learned Friday afternoon.Those who knew the victims said they were innocent bystanders.Wendy and Jarrod Cook, who live in an apartment overlooking the spot where Bilbo was shot, said they came outside after hearing gunfire and saw their friend facedown and gasping for air.“I heard about 10 shots,” Jarrod Cook said. “I told my little boy to get down, but he didn’t really know what I was talking about, so I grabbed him and took him to the back bedroom.”A white pickup — he thinks an older Ford F-150 — took off from the parking lot at a high speed, Jarrod Cook said. He did not know whether the people inside were involved, only that the truck took off “in a big hurry.”Wendy Cook said she believes that Bilbo was not part of any dispute that led to gunfire. Bilbo went to work and he came home, and people in the complex respected him, Wendy Cook said. “He was a real peaceful person,” Wendy Cook said. “He didn’t mess with anyone.”The initial police investigation indicated that several people in a courtyard were fired on by several other people, police said. No further details were made available.Tony Flores, who has lived at the complex for about four years, said the shooting was near a children’s play area. He said he also believes that Bilbo had no part in whatever led to the shooting.“We all hang out here,” Flores said. “I was thinking about visiting one of my neighbors last night, and I could have been shot.“Kids play out here all the time. People need to realize that bullets don’t stop.”Tieisha Knight said that she had known Holmes since he was 5 and that he was a wonderful person. He was just a teen and had his whole life ahead of him, Knight said.“He’s not gone,” Knight said. “He’ll always be here in my heart.” About 30 minutes before the Mira Monte shooting was reported, police responded to a shooting call at the Valley View Apartments in the 6000 block of Westridge Lane, less than 5 miles away. One person was taken by ambulance to a hospital with what appeared to be a gunshot wound, police said. Investigators did not say whether the two shootings are related.
Mitch Mitchell, 817-390-7752 Twitter: @mitchmitchel3