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IRVING (CBSDFW.COM) – Students at Nimitz High School in Irving will meet with crisis counselors on Monday morning after a shooting that involved two of their classmates. Both the victim and one of the suspects attended the school, and fellow students are now trying to make sense of it all.
The incident happened early Saturday, as 15-year-old Demorius Ducking was shot in the face outside of his mother’s home, all while mom Mary Ducking stood by, pleading with the gunman not to pull the trigger. Police said that the suspect had shot and killed Mary’s fiance, Maurice Crawford, just a few minutes earlier.
Demorius was rushed to the hospital. Doctors told his mother that the bullet just missed her son’s brain. The teen survived the shooting and was able to tell investigators the names of the suspects. SWAT officers surrounded a home in Irving on Saturday morning and located the suspected shooters. They surrendered following a standoff.
One of the two suspects is a Nimitz High School student. The other suspect attended an alternative school. They have not been identified by police. Both of the suspects are now behind bars, likely facing murder charges, as the teenage victim continues to recover at the hospital.
Demorius, a sophomore football player for Nimitz High School, could still make a full recovery. But nobody knows why he and his family were targeted. Friends said that he was not a kid who got into trouble, and there were no fights last week that might have spilled over into the weekend.
In a statement, Irving Independent School District superintendent Jose L. Parra said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the student and the friends and families who have been affected by this weekend’s tragedy.”