Dallas police had their hands full this Fourth of July weekend. In addition to hundreds of calls about fireworks and 81 reporting gunshots, officers are investigating two carjackings, a shooting and a fatal knife wound.
The first carjacking occurred around 4:30 am July 4 in East Dallas. According to police, Charles Jackson was driving a 2002 Ford Taurus in the 8900 block of Senate Street when he was accosted by at least three people, one of whom shot Jackson. The gang made off with his car, and Jackson was transported to Baylor Hospital, where he is listed in serious condition.
"We are still in the early stages of this investigation and are unable to determine if the two [carjackings] are related," police said in a statement.
Less than three hours later, a second carjacking was reported in South Dallas. The victim, who has not been identified by police, was at a stop sign at the corner of Corinth and 11th Street when two black men forced him out of his 1995 Toyota 4Runner.
One of the criminals struck the victim with a pistol. When the victim attempted to get away, the man shot him in the buttocks. He is listed in fair condition at Baylor Hospital.
"We are still in the early stages of this investigation and are unable to determine if the two incidents are related," Sgt. Warren Mitchell said in a statement to media.
Even after the fireworks had faded, Dallas criminals didn't let up.
At 2:52 am July 5, three people were shot at a gas station in the 9500 block of Bruton Road after a fight broke out during a dice game. Police said only minor injuries were reported.
Around 6 am July 7, a bleeding man wandered up to Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in the 1800 block of West Camp Wisdom Road. The man died from his injury, which police are describing as a "cutting" and not a stabbing. The incident is still under investigation.