Dallas police seek person of interest in homeless vet murder

Dallas police seek person of interest in homeless vet murder

Dallas police issued this surveillance image of a person of interest in the killing of a homeless veteran on June 29.

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by MADELINE SCHMITT

WFAA

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 23 at 2:52 PM

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DALLAS –– Authorities are offering $5,000 for information that will point Dallas investigators to the person who shot and killed a homeless veteran as he awaited a bus in Pleasant Grove on June 29.
 
Dallas police on Tuesday released images of a person of interest, and are asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating the man.

Around 11:15 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, officers responded to a call that two people were shot at a bus stop in front of a car wash in the 9500 block of Bruton Road.

During a press conference Tuesday morning, a spokesman said someone arrived at the location to rob an illegal dice game that was happening there. The robber, who remains unidentified, shot one of the people playing dice. 

Police say the person of interest, who they do not believe to be the robber, was in a nearby convenience store. Investigators believe this man shot at the robbery suspects and their vehicle as it drove away. 

During the gunfire, Craig Watson was shot while sitting at the bus station. The 51-year-old died from his injuries less than an hour later at Baylor University Medical Center.

Police say Watson was a homeless veteran who was on the road to finding housing and employment opportunities through VA assistance.

DPD has released still images of the person of interest, as captured by security camera footage at the convenience store. 

Police are asking anyone with information to call Detective Shinn of the DPD Homicide Unit at 214.671.3605 or Crime Stoppers at 214.373.8477.

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