One Dead in Preston Hollow Shooting

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include name of victim and a statement from Dallas police.

Details are scant, but police have confirmed that a 59-year-old Preston Hollow woman is dead after she was fatally shot sometime Monday evening.

Dallas police responded to a shooting in the 6100 block of Royalton Drive around 5 p.m. Monday.

The victim, who the Dallas Medical Examiner’s office identified as Leslie Baker, was taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Baker was the director of marketing at Texas Health Center for Diagnostic Surgery in Plano, and was a W.T. White High School graduate.

According to the Dallas Police Department, officers responded to a report of a shooting at 6130 Royalton Drive Monday evening.

“Upon arrival, officers observed the victim, Leslie Squair Baker, a 59-year old white female, sitting in the driver seat with an apparent gunshot wound,” a statement from the department said. “Officers pulled the victim out of the vehicle and immediately began performing first aid before the arrival of Dallas Fire-Rescue.  The victim was transported to an area hospital, where she died from her injuries.”

Police reports indicate that the shooting happened in the course of a robbery, with the report saying that a suspect or suspects pointed a gun “at complainant and demanded property.”

Anyone with information about the shooting is encouraged to contact detective Estaban Montenegro at 214-671-3624 or via email:  [email protected], and reference case #092727-2020.

The suspect or suspects are still at large at this time. We will have more details as they become available.


Bethany Erickson

Bethany Erickson, Digital Editor at People Newspapers, cut her teeth on community journalism, starting in Arkansas. Recently, she's taken home a few awards for her writing, including first place for her tornado coverage from the National Newspapers Association's 2020 Better Newspaper Contest, a Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards, a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club, and a 2019 award from NAREE for a piece linking Medicaid expansion with housing insecurity. She is a member of the Education Writers Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Association of Real Estate Editors, the News Leaders Association, the News Product Alliance, and the Online News Association. She doesn't like lima beans, black licorice or the word synergy. You can reach her at [email protected].

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