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Birthday killings suspect linked to 2nd Fort Worth slaying

FORT WORTH -- A 21-year-old man already accused of shooting at a birthday party Sunday night, killing a woman and her 5-year-old granddaughter, has now been linked to the April 3 fatal shooting of a man on Lancaster Avenue.

Police say they suspect that a handgun tossed into some bushes while Erick "Truman" Davila was trying to elude officers Tuesday was the same gun used in the slaying of 37-year-old Darrell Ford. Ballistic test results are pending.

Ford died on the morning of April 3, less than an hour after police say a man walked up to him in the 4900 block of Lancaster Avenue, fired a gun at him several times and then calmly walked to a waiting car and left the scene.

On Friday, homicide Detective Sarah Jane Water obtained an arrest warrant accusing Davila of murder in Ford’s shooting. Davila remains held in the Mansfield Jail.

Homicide Sgt. J.D. Thornton said investigators believe Davila killed Ford because of an earlier altercation at a nearby convenience store.

Police are still searching for the getaway-car driver, Thornton said.

Thornton said the car used in Ford's slaying is believed to have been the same black Mazda 626 that Davila had escaped in Sunday night after police say he opened fire with a laser-sighted rifle at a residence in the 5700 block of Anderson Street while children and adults gathered outside for a birthday party.

Annette Stevenson, 48, and her granddaughter, Queshawn Stevenson, were killed in the shooting. Four others, including three children, were injured.

Police believe Davila shot at the home because he believed a rival gang member was present at the party and didn’t feel such gang members belonged in the neighborhood.

Though police have said there are indications that at least one man at the party was affiliated with a gang, Talisha Stevenson, Annette Stevenson’s daughter, disputed that Thursday. She said some in the neighborhood mistakenly assumed that because the family had moved to the Stop Six neighborhood from another area of town.