“A 15-year-old boy arrested in a shooting that broke out on January 11 at a high school basketball game in Dallas is now facing a murder charge after one of the victims died from his wounds,” police said.
The Victim, 18-year-old Marc Strickland was dead at 2.59 PM on Saturday, a week after being rushed to a hospital with a bullet wound, according to the Dallas Police Department.
“Charges against the suspected gunman, whose name was not released because he is a young boy, was upgraded to murder,” police said in a statement.
The shooting unfolded on January 11, 2020, during a basketball game between South Oak Cliff and Kimball High Schools, prompting players and coaches to duck for cover and audience to race for the exits were shown in the video of the incident.
“A Dallas Independent School District police officer was shot by a bullet when she attempted to oppose the gunman,” police said.
The shooting broke out at 9.10 PM inside the Ellis Davis Field House in South West Dallas, according to authorities. More than 600 people were at the stadium when it was interrupted by gunfire, officials said.
The boy suspected of being the shooter surrendered to police the following evening after witnesses identified through images captured by security cameras and released by police. The suspect initially charged with two counts of serious assault.
While expressing disgrace over the surge in gun violence in the city, Michael Hinojosa, superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District, announced a series of measures taken immediately to increase security at school sporting events, including a ban on bags, purses, and backpacks. And spectators would have to be checked with metal-detecting wands before attending games.
This gun violence at the basketball game mirrors a national trend of shooting at school sporting events. Recently an investigation report published by ABC News said, more than two dozen school shootings have happened in the United States in 2019, 57.6% occurred at the end or during sporting events, especially basketball and football games.
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