DALLAS — An 11-year-old has died after a shooting in Dallas that's believed to be "accidental," police said.
Dallas police said they responded to a call about a child shot around 3 p.m. in the 3500 block of Munger Avenue, near the intersection of North Hall Street and U.S. 75, inside the Roseland Townhomes complex.
According to police, the victim died at the scene.
Family members and friends identified the boy killed at Marquis Goynes.
“He just was so loveable. He was fun to be around. He liked to crack jokes," his step-father, Jamarius Collins, said. “I’m in disbelief.”
Police said they identified a teenager involved in the shooting and are currently looking for that suspect.
"At this time, the shooting appears to be accidental," police said in a news release.
Dozens of neighbors came out to watch as detectives walked in and out of the apartment. Goynes was well-known in the area as a football player.
“He was a star athlete. He got offensive MVP, defensive MVP. He was just an amazing kid," Collins said.
“He was like a leader. Whatever he did, the other kids followed," his football coach, Leland Lloyd, said. “He was like, 'I want 23. I want number 23.' I was like, 'Man you a big guy. You don’t need that'. I said, 'Ok, we’ll let you.' He never did get to wear it, but we’ll make a jersey in his name and his memory.”
Roseland Townhomes drew significant attention in 2019 when Brandoniya Bennett became the third child killed at the complex in a two-month stretch. Bennett was killed in a drive-by shooting.
“This kid is so young you know. It’s sad to see kids leave here due to gun violence, you know. I just don’t understand it. We got to do something about the gun laws," Lloyd said. “I’m tired of talking about it. We got to do something.”
Anyone who may have information is asked to call police at 214-671-3633.