Calming Zero Nerves, Cops Say Monday's 4 Northeast Dallas Homicides Are Unrelated Incidents.
OK, no beating around the bush here: Some serious shit went down in Dallas to kick this week off — and that's without even mentioning the way Sunday night ended in nearby Arlington, when a man who had allegedly already been in two fights earlier in the night then shot a guy in the parking lot of AT&T Stadium following the Cowboys-Patriots game, leaving his victim in critical condition. (The victim's current condition is not known.)
No, things were somehow significantly worse on Monday as three separate instances leading to four murders went down within seven miles of one another in Northeast Dallas. Here are the details on those crimes, gruesome as they may be:
• 21-year-old former Texas A&M receiver Thomas Johnson was arrested Monday morning after telling police that he had “just committed capital murder” along White Rock Creek Trail, according to police reports. Police allegedly found Johnson by the trail, with his pants covered in blood, after responding to multiple 911 calls reporting that a man had been seen attacking a jogger on the trail with “a large bladed knife” that has also been described by eyewitnesses as “a sword” and by other sources as “a machete.” Johnson is currently in police custody. The identity of victim, who was not carrying any identification on him at the time, has not yet been released. Police describe the attack as “absolutely random,” “very unusual” and “quite shocking.” Johnson played football for the Skyline High School Raiders before committing to play for Texas A&M. He left the Aggies football team under mysterious circumstances in 2012.
• Police say they found the body of missing 18-year-old recent Booker T. Washington High School graduate Zoe Hastings slain in a crashed minivan at around 8:30 a.m. on Monday while responding to reports of “a vehicle crashed in the creek” near White Rock Lake. Hastings had been missing since Sunday afternoon when she left her family's house — in the same minivan she was found in — for a 5 p.m. gathering at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that she never made. Police described Hastings' death as the result of “obvious homicidal violence” and are still seeking a suspect for their “on-going and active investigation.”
• Police responded to a disturbance call from the 2700 block of Millmar Drive in Far East Dallas at 4:20 p.m. on Monday where they were met by a witness who had been involved in a domestic dispute, per a police report. Inside, police reportedly found an as-yet-unnamed mother and daughter who lived at the location shot dead by gunfire. The witness at the scene alleged that his grandson had become involved in the dispute, which soon “escalated into gunfire and both victims being shot dead.” The suspect, who police say knew the victims, then fled the scene. He remains at large.
It's worth noting here that police insist that none of the above events are related. Still, four homicides reported in such close proximity to one another, and in such a short time span, is disturbing as all get out.
Here's a map that shows just how closely each of these three incidents was to the others on Monday.
Seriously: What the hell is going on around here, people?