Updated: Location for vigil changed
An 18-year-old Arlington Martin High School football player was gunned down in front of a Kennedale carwash Monday afternoon, authorities said.
Officers found Carl Wilson face down in the street at 6300 Treepoint Drive, which is off Little School Road near the Arlington and Kennedale border, Kennedale Police Chief Tommy Williams said.
Witnesses told detectives that the shooting stemmed from an altercation at the school during the lunch hour on Monday. Williams said detectives had not determined the reason for the altercation.
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“Several people then met in an apartment complex parking lot near the car wash,” Williams said Tuesday. “That’s where the shooting occurred.”
Wilson did not live at the complex nor did anyone that may have been involved, Williams said.
No weapons were found at the scene.
Detectives on Tuesday continued to track down leads from witnesses and social media.
“At this point, we don’t know if the suspects were also students, former students or someone else,” Williams said. “We do know that everyone who was there knew each other.”
Extra patrol officers were at Arlington Martin on Tuesday morning as a precaution.
Martin football coach Bob Wager was at a football convention in Louisville, Ky., when he got a phone call from a parent saying that the teen was dead.
“I have this heart-pounding anguish right now,” Wager said in a tearful phone interview late Monday. “I loved this kid. This kid was great with my own children. My son will be destroyed when he finds out.”
At 4:08 p.m., a 911 caller reported that men had fired several shots and fled. Kennedale, Arlington and Mansfield police were working to identify the men Monday night, Williams said.
Arlington school officials are working with police on the case, district spokeswoman Leslie Johnston said.
Wilson, a senior, was a defensive lineman and special teams player.
He has a toddler son named Carl Jr.
“His son, Junior, I remember him walking for the first time,” Wager said. “Carl would bring his son to the games and let him walk around on the turf. This is awful. I just can’t…” Wager’s voice broke.
Friends expressed shock on Twitter on Monday night with the hashtag #RIPCarl.
Counselors will be available to talk to Martin students Tuesday, Johnston said.
Classmates organized a candlelight vigil for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the west side of Martin High School at 4501 West Pleasant Ridge.
Additional police officers also are scheduled to be at the vigil.
“Carl Wilson was not a bad guy. This is not Compton, Calif., — no disrespect — this is southwest Arlington. This is a good kid,” Wager said.
Staff writer Domingo Ramirez Jr. contributed to this report.
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