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Dallas Residents Worried About Weekend Motel Shootings

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Police are looking into two separate shooting at motels in Far North Dallas. While police don’t believe there is a connection between the shootings, people in the neighborhood feel they are both part of a growing crime problem.

Dallas Police say a fight over a woman led to a shooting Sunday afternoon in the parking lot of the Red Roof Inn on Central Expressway and Midpark Road.

“It was a domestic related disturbance resulting in guns being used and shots being fired,” says Sgt. Michael Felini from the Dallas Police Department.

One person, identified as 35-year-old Jeronimo Daza, was killed.  A friend of Daza’s was shot in the chest and taken to the hospital.  The ex-boyfriend fled the scene, but police have not released a description.

The sight of patrol cars around the motel is similar to another crime scene on Saturday when two men and a woman were found dead a block away at a Motel 6. The bodies were found inside of a room there by a cleaning crew.

The bodies have since been identified as 27-year-old Marco Barajas, 26-year-old Manases Perez and 22-year-old Ingrid Ramirez. Dallas Police have not released a reason for why they were shot.

Fausto Ramirez, who owns a restaurant near the motels, says recent shootings are unsettling. Ramirez says he’s trying to operate a successful business in a neighborhood overrun by drug dealers and prostitutes.

“We need more protection, more police officers, that is all we need,” Ramirez says.

The motels are located roughly a mile apart.

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