A teenage girl sleeping in her bed appears to be an innocent victim of a drive-by shot, Dallas police say.
The shooting occurred just before 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday in the south of the city. Crystal Rodriguez, 18, was hit in the back in a drive-by shooting by unknown suspects while she was sleeping in her bedroom.
Rodriguez was taken to a nearby hospital where she died.
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Police told FOX 4 Dallas there was no reason to believe the family was a target.
“It lies in the middle of the floor and is bleeding. I do not know where it comes from,” Rodriguez ‘mother Crystal Vital told the broadcaster. “My daughter didn’t deserve it. She doesn’t deserve to die. “
Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia says the residents of the house have no evidence of a criminal record or any risky behavior that could have led to the shooting.
“The suspects we are looking for are cowards who have no respect for human life, who shot indiscriminately into a house and took the life of an 18-year-old woman. That is her description,” said Garcia.
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Rodriguez lived in the house with two younger siblings, an uncle and their mother.
Dallas reportedly had 220 homicides in 2021, a decrease from 2020 when the city had 254.
“Still, it’s higher than the 209 homicides we saw in 2019, which at that time was the highest number in more than 10 years,” reports FOX 4.
The police chief told the guard he would like to witness the arrest of whoever was responsible for Rodriguez’s murder.
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The motive, circumstances and identity of those responsible for this murder are currently being investigated. The Dallas Police Homicide Squad urges anyone with information to contact Detective Abel Lopez at 214-671-3676 or email: [email protected] See case number 006147-2022.
Crime Stoppers is offering up to $ 5,000 in rewards for information leading to an arrest and charge in the case. Tipsters can call 214-373-8477.