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Man shot and killed in south Fort Worth

Deadly shooting at Sycamore Center Villa Apartment Complex

Neighbors at the Sycamore Center Villas Apartment complex were said they were alerted by the sounds of gunshots Thursday morning. One woman said she is looking for a new place to live and that she does not feel safe there anymore.
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Neighbors at the Sycamore Center Villas Apartment complex were said they were alerted by the sounds of gunshots Thursday morning. One woman said she is looking for a new place to live and that she does not feel safe there anymore.

Fort Worth police are investigating a fatal shooting at a south Fort Worth apartment complex on Thursday morning.

The shooting occurred in the 8100 block of Cassie Lane, according to police. The man who was killed was identified Friday.

Homicide detectives were called to the scene as well as officers from the tactical medical unit, according to a police call log.

Police had a section of an apartment complex blocked off with crime scene tape.

When officers arrived, they saw a man in his 20’s who had been shot multiple times. Officers gave the victim medical treatment on the scene, until the arrival of paramedics, who took the man to John Peter Smith Hospital.

The man was pronounced dead about 11:10 a.m., police said.

Neighbors at the Sycamore Center Villas Apartment complex said they heard gunshots about 10:30 a.m.

Wayland Harrison, who has lived at the complex for about nine years, said he heard three shots ring out.

Harrison said he came outside his upstairs apartment and saw a man on the ground. He said he did not know the man.

Toni Meaderas, who said she has lived in the apartments for about five years, said she had seen the man walking around but had not met him.

She said the victim was young, in his 20’s.

Meaderas said she also heard three gunshots and said she fell to the ground and covered her head. Then she heard four or five more gunshots, she said. She had been on the telephone with her son and hung up to call 911, she said.

The police arrived soon after, Meaderas said.

“I don’t feel safe here anymore,” she said. “It’s just gotten worse and worse.”

Meaderas said she did not see the shooter or anyone run from the scene. There was no loud arguing before she heard the gunshots, she said.

“These are nice apartments and the management is good about fixing things,” Meaderas said. “They just can’t seem to get a handle on things like this. We all know our neighbors and we try to watch out for each other. I’m not sure what the problem is.”

Meaderas said she will not be renewing her lease and is searching now for a new place to live.

“He was a black man who was probably shot by another black man,” Meaderas said. “It’s just so sad.”

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Mitch Mitchell is an award-winning reporter covering courts and crime for the Star-Telegram. Additionally, Mitch’s past coverage on municipal government, healthcare and social services beats allow him to bring experience and context to the stories he writes.
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