Deep Ellum community reels after shooting leaves 2 dead, 3 injured

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The day after unveiling its new safety plan, the Deep Ellum neighborhood of Dallas is recovering from a early morning shot that killed two people and injured three others.

Dallas police say there were three shooters: the two men who died and a third who is now hospitalized. Two bystanders, who were standing on the sidewalk at two in the morning when the bars were leaving, were also hit by gunfire and were injured.

According to police, the shooting began after Jermaine Lewis recognized Quintin Lowe as the man who set him up for a robbery last week. Lewis and a friend, Anthony Barrow, approached him on Elm Street. Police say all three men fired shots. Lewis and Lowe were killed in the exchange of gunfire.

Lowe is currently on community supervision for strangling his girlfriend in 2017 and is out on bond for a 2018 murder in Lewisville that occurred after a fight over a parking space.

“We have uniformed officers down the street and people are shooting guns with no regard for public safety,” said Kristin Lowman, a spokeswoman for the Dallas Police Department.

Just yesterday, the Deep Ellum Foundation revealed a plan months in the making to add cameras to the area and a new 24-hour command center staffed with private security and police.

“We love Deep Ellum. We just want things like this to stop happening,” said Grace Toole, who works at Serious Pizza near the scene of the Friday morning shooting.

After a shooting last month, he said, he stopped working the night shift.

“It’s definitely scary to hear when something like this happens. It’s one of my worst fears,” said Taylor Donnelson, who was in Deep Ellum Friday afternoon getting a tattoo.

She and her friends say they feel safe in entertainment during the day.

At night, it’s a different story.

“People, if they’re drinking, it’s not consistent. It’s riskier. So, yeah, I tend to avoid it at night,” Julissa Sanchez said.

At a news conference, Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia called Lowe’s presence in Deep Ellum a slap in the face.

“Irresponsible bail decisions are being made that do not make our communities safe. In this case, the decision was made in another county. The goal of bail bond reform is not to bail out a person suspected of murder and a year later having access to a gun and then being involved in two deaths,” he said.

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