Police say the incident may have started as a disturbance at a nearby business that came to a head at the apartment complex
Another day, another shooting incident, and this time the victims are teenage boys, two of whom lost their lives and another who was injured. The shooting occurred after a disturbance at a nearby business came to a head at an apartment complex in the 6000 Block of Clearwater Drive on July 23. Arlington Police Department said they found two boys with gunshot wounds upon arrival at the scene of the crime. They were rushed to a local hospital where they were pronounced dead.
Shooting incidents across the country have forever been on an uptick due to the unregulated carrying of firearms. Texas has close to 1.6 million handgun license holders. The state has one of the most relaxed gun laws in the country and in May lawmakers approved allowing people to carry them without a license as well as the background check and the training. Gun violence in the country has escalated in 2021 and Texas has seen a number of incidents in the recent past, for instance, JaDerek Gray, a 19-year-old motorcyclist was shot multiple times by an SUV driver after being threatened by the teenager with a gun on June 25 in Fort Worth. On April 8, shortly after Texas governor Greg Abbott opposed Biden’s new gun control measures, a mass shooting rocked Bryan, Texas, where one died and five were injured.
Who are Arlington apartment complex shooting victims?
The police department did not immediately release the names and ages of the victims who were dead after the incident. Family members of the slain spoke to a media outlet revealing that the two boys who lost their lives were brothers Josh Williams, 13, and Kaleb Williams, 17. Deputy Police Chief Chris Cook confirmed in an email that the two teenagers who died are believed to be brothers. They were shot on the lower landing area of a breezeway next to the apartment building, Cook said.
The third victim had left the scene in a car and police tracked him down after which he was taken to the hospital for treatment. Cook told the outlet that he was in critical condition and was being operated on. Police continue to investigate the scene later in the evening. They also sent out a tweet seeking help from the public to come forward with any information that could benefit the investigation.
“Working a shooting scene 6000 Clearwater Drive where three teens were shot. Sadly, two passed away at a local hospital. The case remains under investigation. Tips 817-469-TIPS or 817-459-5325,” the tweet read.
Working a shooting scene 6000 Clearwater Drive where three teens were shot. Sadly, two passed away at a local hospital. The case remains under investigation. Tips 817-469-TIPS or 817-459-5325. pic.twitter.com/ZnnRf5Co7L
— Arlington Police, TX (@ArlingtonPD) July 23, 2021