A 1-year-old boy was fatally shot early Sunday in an attack Dallas’ police chief described as targeted and deliberate. The toddler’s uncle was also wounded in the shooting at a South Dallas home.
Police Chief U. Renee Hall said the gunman, armed with a rifle, fired only into the windows of bedrooms, where he knew people would be sleeping.
“The gunman had to be familiar with the layout of the home,” Hall said. “He angled the weapon in the downward position. … He knew where to fire.”
Officers were called about 3:40 a.m. to the home in the 2900 block of Valentine Street, near William Blair Jr. Park.
Rory Norman, who would have turned 2 this month, was shot repeatedly and died at a hospital. His 20-year-old uncle, whose name was not released, was in stable condition with multiple gunshot wounds.
Although Hall said police know little about who the gunman is, she said Sunday that she was confident he will be caught.
“We will find you,” she said. “Rest assured, we will find you.”
After playing a family video of the toddler smiling and bouncing, the chief grew emotional as she spoke about the tragedy.
“It’s something you never want to see, not only as a mother, but as a police chief,” she said. “It happened on my watch, and I am angry. And this s— has to stop in this city.”
Rory’s death came only days after Hall released a 26-page report outlining her plan to reduce violent crime, following more than 200 killings in the city in 2019.
Her proposal to reduce murders and aggravated assaults by 10% in some patrol divisions includes a 100-member violent crime response team to focus on high-priority offenders and targeted patrols.
“Not only are we brokenhearted, we are angry,” Hall said. “This 1-year-old baby was killed due to senseless gun violence in this city that we are determined and aggressive about eradicating in 2020.”
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Source: Dallas Morning News