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2 dead after shooting at park in Haltom City, police say

Police say they responded to reports of gunfire at a basketball court at North Park, located on Denton Highway.
Credit: WFAA

HALTOM CITY, Texas — Updated at 7:39 p.m. Nov. 22, 2021 with a suspect's identity and more information from Haltom City police.

UPDATE: Haltom City police said Monday, Nov. 22 they have arrested one juvenile male and have identified a second juvenile male and another man involved in this case. Police identified the adult male as 17-year-old Rylin Montgomery. Warrants have been issued for all three people and all face capital murder charges.


Two people are dead after a shooting at a park in Haltom City Monday afternoon, police said.

Haltom City police told WFAA they responded to reports of gunfire around 3:30 p.m. at a basketball court at North Park, located at 5220 Denton Highway.

Police said they found two teens dead. The teens were identified Tuesday as 16-year-old Daijhuan Jones, of North Richland Hills, and 17-year-old Isaiah Mendoza, of Haltom City, police said. Daijhuan was a student at Birdville High School and Isaiah went to Winfree Academy in North Richland Hills, police said.

Details surrounding the shooting were not immediately released as the investigation continues. Police said, at this time, they do not believe the victims fired shots.

Police said the park will be closed "until further notice."

Birdville ISD released a statement on the shooting Tuesday and said the school will provide counseling services to address the "physical and emotional needs" of students. 

"The Birdville ISD family sends their thoughts and prayers to the families of those impacted by the shooting at North Park in Haltom City on Monday afternoon. Though the off-campus shooting was not school-related, a Birdville High student was killed," the district spokesperson wrote. "Out of an abundance of caution, BISD has asked our police agencies to provide additional patrols around campuses for the rest of this week."

This is a developing story and will be updated.