Kennedale investigators believe at least 15 to 20 people were present Monday when an Arlington Martin High School football player was gunned down in the street, and on Thursday, they asked witnesses to come forward.
Carl Wilson, 18, was shot about 4 p.m. at 6300 Treepoint Drive, off Little School Road near the Arlington-Kennedale border, Kennedale Police Chief Tommy Williams said.
Investigators believe someone in the crowd might have started taking video, not realizing that a fatal shooting was about to occur, Williams said.
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“When the first responding officers pulled up, we had just tons of people all over the street, we had our victim lying in the street,” Williams said. “Officers trying to get the scene secured may have inadvertently asked some folks to leave that they should have held on to as witnesses.”
Wilson, a single father and defensive lineman on the Warriors football team, was shot twice in the head and once in the abdomen, according to news reports.
Investigators have learned that Wilson was in an “altercation” with another student on campus a few hours before he was shot, but Williams has said they do not believe the student is the one who shot him.
“There had to be a long-standing issue that went back way before Monday,” Williams said. “Our main concern is why was he there [on Treepoint Drive] and who had the gun.”
A black Lincoln Navigator that was seized Tuesday has been taken to a Texas Department of Public Safety lab for processing, Williams said. The driver is believed to have ties to an Arlington gang.
There is no indication that Wilson had gang ties, Williams said.
Kennedale police have asked Texas Rangers to join the investigation.
Monica S. Nagy, 817-390-7792
Can you help?
Anyone with information is asked to contact Kennedale police at 817-985-2160 and ask to speak to Sgt. Eric Carlson, ext. 2229; Sgt. Jason Charbonnet, ext. 2223; or Detective Steve Dagnell, ext. 2236.