Fourth of July shooting near Englewood Park sends 3-year-old boy to hospital
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect new information from Fort Worth police that a male child was shot.
Residents who live near the intersection of South Collard Street and Hanger Avenue in southeast Fort Worth say it’s not unusual to hear gunshots, as people will often indiscriminately fire rounds.
Around 1 a.m. Thursday, a 3-year-old boy was struck by a bullet.
Police said a person was in an argument in a parking lot when they fired into a crowd, striking a boy who was inside a vehicle. An update on the child’s condition was not available Thursday evening.
The shooting occurred outside of a duplex near the intersection, according to neighbors. Iva Dukes, who lives in one half of the duplex, said around 1 a.m. she was awake and heard a woman scream “no, no, no” before there were four or five gunshots. A vehicle could then be heard speeding away, she said.
Dukes, 52, said she heard four or five gunshots earlier in the night, too, around midnight. As a legally blind individual, she said, “I don’t like it at all, because I can’t see.”
“Bullets don’t have names on them,” she said. “When they shoot, you don’t know who it’s gonna hit.”
Officers were dispatched to the intersection of South Collard and Hanger Avenue at 1:05 a.m. for the reported shooting. It occurred down the street from Englewood Park.
The child arrived about 1:15 a.m. in a private vehicle at Cook Children’s Medical Center.
NBC DFW (Channel 5) reported two women had been arguing when one of their brothers arrived and began shooting. One of the women then noticed her child was bleeding from a gunshot wound, according to NBC DFW. Police said they couldn’t comment on this.
Neighbor Javier Garcia, 40, said the first time he heard gunshots was at 9 p.m., likely a celebration. He’s heard gunshots before and has learned to tell the difference between fireworks and gunshots, he said.
His wife was awoken around 1 a.m. by an argument and then several gunshots, he said. They have three children.
“It’s just bad, because the neighborhood is getting better,” said Garcia, who’s lived on Hanger Avenue for more than 20 years. “Something like this kind of puts a damper.”
He said they looked out the window and police were only on the street for about an hour, leaving sometime around 2 a.m.
Dukes also spoke with police, she said, explaining what she heard. She said Thursday afternoon she was “praying that whoever it is is OK” and expressed she’s grown tired of hearing gunshots in the area.
“It needs to stop,” she said.
Neighbor Amos Jackson, 49, said he and his wife were both working last night when the shooting occurred. He only heard about the shooting Thursday afternoon.
His young stepkids often play in the park down the street, he said, which makes him concerned.
“It makes me pretty pissed off,” he said.