One of the assailants in a midday Wednesday shooting bounded afterward from a Near Riverside apartment holding a plastic container with both of his hands, a witness said.
Inside, blood crept in all directions from the living room. A bedroom door had been kicked off its hinges.
And on the floor of the apartment in the 3300 block of East First Street, a man lay shot at least four times in his torso, according to a neighbor who saw the victim after he was fired upon.
He was talking and asked for help.
The neighbor described the scene on the condition that he or she not be identified.
“Perfectly round drops” of blood dotted stairs outdoors, the neighbor said.
The victim was shot about 1 p.m. The neighbor heard shots, looked from a window and watched as a blue sedan left, then returned.
An assailant left the victim’s apartment with the green container that appeared to have a rolled towel inside. He jumped into the sedan. Before the assailant closed the passenger door, its driver sped east on East 1st Street, the witness said.
After the assailants’ departure, two young women who apparently had also been present when the victim was shot emerged.
A dog had also been shot, the witness said.
Police had not announced arrests Wednesday night.
The victim was in critical condition and was taken directly into surgery at a hospital, Officer Jimmy Pollozani, a Fort Worth police spokesman, said.
Staff writer Kaley Johnson contributed to this report.