Dallas police have suspect in DART shooting

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by CYNTHIA VEGA

WFAA

Posted on January 18, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 18 at 3:48 PM

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DALLAS -- Dallas police have taken over the investigation of the shooting death of a DART passenger early Wednesday morning and department officials said they now have a suspect in custody. 

Police said their suspect is a 20-year-old man, but he has not yet been charged with the crime.
  
The shooting victim is Dominique Wilson, 20, of Dallas. Police said he died after he was shot twice in the stomach. He died at Baylor University Medical Center hours after the shooting.
 
Dallas police said they spent the morning interviewing two witnesses who said the shooting began as an argument on the platform at DART's Pearl Station.
  
Police reported Wilson got into an argument with three people while waiting for a train. When the train pulled up, the gunman and two others got on the train. Police said when Wilson tried to follow, the gunman shot Wilson twice in the stomach.
  
DART spokesperson Morgan Lyons said the operator of the train called 911 to report the shooting just after midnight. Lyons says Dallas Police and DART police arrived immediately.
   
Today, DART riders are concerned about what happened.

“There shouldn’t be so many officers at one spot,” said Jesse Merrill, daily DART rider. “I see so many officers just sitting around congregating. What are you sitting around congregating for when we have situations like this.” 

DART rider Charles Strain said he doesn't blame DART for the deadly shooting.

“It’s not DART fault of police fault…that’s that individual,” Strain said. “I am quite sure they should beef up (security).”

This is the second deadly incident at a DART station in four months. In November Octavious Lanier, 19, died after he was shoved between a moving train and platform. Those accused of killing Lanier were between the ages of 10-years-old and 15-years-old. They reportedly were trying to rob him at the time.
 
Lyons said his officers work closely with Dallas Police, as they did last night. He says they also have a surveillance camera at Pearl Station. The video captured last night is providing police with evidence for their ongoing investigation, Lyons says.
  
As for more security, Lyons says DART has about 200 officers to oversee 55 rail stations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. He says he believes DART's system is safe, but with that said, DART is reviewing its security measures.

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