Disturbing the Peace
Southlake police call town square murder "well-orchestrated, deliberate attack"
For the first time in more than a decade, someone committed murder in the North Texas town of Southlake. To add to the rarity of the crime, the attacker shot his victim in broad daylight in the town square. Southlake Police chief Steve Mylett issued a statement on May 23, saying the murder did not appear to be a random act of violence.
"This was a well-orchestrated, deliberate attack on a specific individual," Mylett said. "I am confident the suspects involved in this attack immediately left our area and no longer pose a threat to Southlake residents."
An affluent suburb in Tarrant County, Southlake is highly regarded for its quality of life and safety. The town square opened in 1999 and is a popular family hangout consisting of upscale shops and restaurants as well as a library and a post office.
The May 22 murder occurred around 7 pm, when a gunman opened fire on a man who was in the passenger seat of his vehicle parked in the town square. Other reports indicate his wife was in the driver's seat and was not harmed. The suspect is believed to have fled in a white SUV.
Mylett said he has requested assistance from the FBI, DEA and Department of Homeland Security, and all have agreed to help the investigation. He also hopes that ordinary citizens will come forward.
"Since this incident occurred during a period in which the square was heavily populated, we believe there may be additional witnesses we have not been able to speak with," Mylett said.
Anyone with information about the crime should contact Southlake Police detective Karl Moore at 817-748-8127 or Tarrant County Crime Stoppers at 817-469-8477.