CEDAR HILL (CBSDFW.COM) – Police in Cedar Hill are investigating a shooting that left one person dead and two others injured in the front yard of a home in a quiet neighborhood. It happened at about 8:00 p.m. on Monday night in the 300 block of Halifax Court.
This is the first time that somebody has been killed in Cedar Hill this year. There were only two homicides in the city last year.
Officers were called to the home and found a 60-year-old woman, Jeri Lee Edwards, dead outside, a rare and violent sight in this city.
Two of the woman’s family members were also shot. They were rushed to a nearby hospital where they remain in critical condition. The names of the victims have not been released.
Authorities also located a gun and the suspected shooter still at the home, and have taken him into custody. He was identified as 68-year-old Danny Howard Silvers, the woman’s next-door neighbor. Silvers now faces one murder charge and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Police said they first got a call around 6:15 p.m. regarding a “verbal disturbance” between Silvers and his neighbors. Silvers called police to report his neighbors were drinking and yelling at him. The neighbors are the shooting victims.
Police stressed that they are not looking for any additional suspects.
Investigators are now working to determine a motive for this act of violence. “Exactly what happened, why it started and came to involve a shooting, is what we’re still trying to figure out right now,” explained Lt. Colin Chenault with the Cedar Hill Police Department.
However, police do know that this fatal shooting is unsettling for residents in this quiet neighborhood.
“This is an older community,” Chenault added. “Most of the residents who have lived here have lived here a number of years. They’re very close-knit. There’s a lot of people out on the street right now trying to figure out what exactly happened. They’re all a little in shock that we’re here and this situation occurred.”