UPPD Investigating Fatal Shooting Near Gas Station in Snider Plaza

(UPDATE 5:02 p.m. Oct. 6: University Park police say detectives arrested a juvenile in connection with the shooting, but the investigation of the incident is ongoing.)

(UPDATE 12:52 p.m. Oct. 6: University Park police identified the man shot Tuesday as Marc Anthony Montes, 39.)

University Park Police are investigating a fatal shooting Tuesday evening near the Shell gas station in the north end of Snider Plaza. Authorities say it’s the city’s first homicide since 2005.

Police were called and informed a man had been shot near the gas station around 7 p.m. Oct. 5.

“In the moments prior to emergency personnel arriving on scene, one witness began CPR on the victim who was found in the street on Lovers Lane near the Shell Gas Station,” said University Park assistant police chief John Ball. “One of the first University Park police officers arriving assisted with CPR efforts.”

The victim, described as a man in his 30s, was taken to Parkland Hospital, where he died from his injuries, Ball said.

“As for the circumstances surrounding the incident, the investigation is just underway – so far, we don’t know what prompted the shooting,” he continued. “Witnesses say the victim was apparently pushed out of the truck moments after witnesses heard the gunfire.”
 
 Police say a 2004-to-2006-model Ford F150 fled described as either gold or brown the scene shortly thereafter, heading south away from Snider Plaza.

The truck was captured on security camera footage at the intersection of Lovers Lane and Westchester Drive. PHOTO: Courtesy city of University Park

“Witnesses have told officers the pick-up had two people in it,” Ball said. “We don’t know yet who fired at the victim.”

Dallas Sheriff Department investigators are assisting University Park officers in the collection of physical evidence, he said.

See his full remarks below:

Police ask anyone who has information about the incident to call the University Park Police Department’s non-emergency number 214-363-3000.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Rachel Snyder

Rachel Snyder, deputy editor at People Newspapers, joined the staff in 2019, returning to her native Dallas-Fort Worth after starting her career at community newspapers in Oklahoma. One of her stories won first place in its category in the Oklahoma Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in 2018. She’s a fan of puns and community journalism, not necessarily in that order. You can reach her at [email protected]

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