MESQUITE (CBSDFW.COM) – Police say a man in his thirties briefly took a mother and her daughter hostage in their own home, stole their phones and then shot the mother before fleeing in a white pickup truck Wednesday morning.
Mesquite Police spokesman Bill Hedgpeth said the mother answered her door and the suspect forced his way into the home, located in the 2100 block of Bent Brook Drive. After shooting the mother, the girl ran next door to a neighbor’s house.
“She said, ‘Help me, help me, my mommy’s hurt,’” said Betty Strickland, the neighbor. “A man had forced his way in and took all their phones, which is what she told me was all that was taken.”
Strickland called police while the girl audibly begged for paramedics to hurry. Her mother was taken to Baylor Medical Center. Her condition is currently unknown.
“She was just worried about her mom,” Strickland said. “She kept saying, ‘I wish they would hurry, my mommy’s going to die.’”
Police scoured the neighborhood, looking for clues and questioning possible witnesses. Hedgpeth said the crime wasn’t random. While the department will not speculate on motive, they believe the mother knew her shooter.
Tatiana Thomas nearly bumped into the man on the sidewalk while he fled the scene.
“I was walking my dog and I see this man coming out of the front door,” she said. “He’s kind of running, he’s got on a big sweatshirt and these baggy pants and he’s just taking off.”
The man hurriedly disappeared around the corner. It was only later that she learned how close she’d been to a suspected gunman.
“I was a little scared at first, because the first thing that came to my mind was, ‘”I’m glad he didn’t look my way, ‘cause God only knows what could’ve happened.’”
Hedgpeth said they’ve located the woman’s husband and spoken to him. He is not considered a suspect in the case or a person of interest. They are not identifying the family until the gunman is caught, Hedgpeth said.
Police have not released a description of the suspect beyond his age.