FORT WORTH, Texas — A 5-year-old boy and a teenager have been identified as the victims who died in a drive-by shooting in a Fort Worth neighborhood Sunday afternoon, according to officials.
An 18-month-old boy was also injured in the incident but is expected to survive, police said.
The victims who died were Rayshard Scott, 5, and Jamarrien Monroe, 17, according to police and the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office.
Police on Sunday said they responded to the shooting around 2:15 p.m. in the 8500 block of Steel Dust Drive in the northern area of the city, near Bailey Boswell Road and Saginaw Boulevard.
Several neighbors heard the gunfire. One of them told WFAA that he ran to help the wounded.
"I just seen cars rolling out. Ran over there and I seen the bodies laid out, blood and bullet casings all through the streets," the neighbor said.
Officers arrived and found the three victims at the home where the shooting was reported, police said. The victims were transported to a hospital, where the the older victim and the 5-year-old boy died.
According to police, it's believed an unknown number of suspects drove by the home and started firing at the victims who were in the front yard. The suspects then drove away.
The neighbor told WFAA there were other children and family members outside when it happened.
"I’m looking at a 17-year-old who should be looking at graduating and the 5-year-old should be starting kindergarten and who should be starting school and an 18-month-old who was just starting his life," said Fort Worth Police Chief Neil Noakes.
Further details were not immediately released as the investigation continues.
Anyone who may have information on the incident is urged to call police at 817-392-4336.
"We're seeing a rise in violent crime across the country and unfortunately we're seeing violent crime here in Fort Worth," Noakes said during a news conference about the shooting. "But when you have children who are murdered completely senselessly, it adds just another level to that tragedy we're all experiencing."
Noakes is asking anyone with surveillance video of or from the scene to please share it with police.
Witnesses described the scene to WFAA as "devastating."
"It's just horrific. I'm speechless," Carla Galbreath said.
"I just could hear the mom in the background screaming for her child," Amber Kurtz said.
One neighbor said he was scared the suspects were going to "shoot the whole neighborhood up, too."