A 15-year-old boy was shot and killed in east Fort Worth early Wednesday morning, police said.
The boy, identified by his mother as King Thomas III, was with a relative who was also wounded but was able to escape to a neighbor’s house and call police, emergency crews on the scene told a supervisor.
The teen suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.
The shooting happened shortly after 4 a.m. in the 1700 block of Warren Lane, near the intersection of Brentwood Stair Road, police said.
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Ten police units were on the scene within an hour of the shooting.
Police taped off the red brick house where the shooting occurred. About two dozen people were milling around later Wednesday morning. They appeared somber, occasionally embracing one another and breaking into tears.
Relatives said Thomas recently had turned 15 and was an aspiring rapper who went by the name KT Da 3rd and had lost his father within the past year. They said he was a good kid who had a spark that everyone responded to. They said police have given them little information but said they didn’t see signs of forced entry at the house.
Homicide detectives are investigating the shooting, said police spokesman Buddy Calzada.
Police did not say whether a suspect was being sought or was in custody or whether police know what led to the shooting.
Although authorities had not released the teen’s name, his mother, Shawndrisa Hicks, confirmed that it was her son.
“He was a sweet kid; he wanted to be a rapper, that’s what he was working on,” she said in an interview with Star-Telegram media partner WFAA.
“Everybody liked him, he didn’t have enemies,” she said.
Hicks said Thomas had three brothers and two sisters and had been living at the Warren Lane address with his older brother.
“He’s in heaven with his father,” Hicks said.
She said she had heard that the suspects were some of Thomas’ former friends, but police did not verify that.
“If the family has any information on this case and have not spoken to homicide detectives, we would ask that they do so,” said Sgt. Chris Britt, police spokesman.
Thomas’ cousin Jeramie McKnight, 20, said Thomas was his favorite cousin “even though we argued all the time.”
“I loved him,” he said. “He missed his daddy, but he just brought this energy and spirit.”
McKnight said his songs are on SoundCloud.
Relatives said that Thomas had some run-ins with the law but never got into serious trouble and sometimes was just running with a bad crowd.
A Facebook page family members said belonged to Thomas says he was a student at Eastern Hills High School and worked at Foot Locker. He listed another job as “rapper.”