Dallas homicide detectives arrested 17-year old Nykerion Nealon in the shooting death of Ahmed Al-Jumaili. Al-Jumaili, an Iraqi Muslim immigrant, was shot and killed when he went outside to take photos of a snowstorm last week in Northeast Dallas.
Maj. Jeff Cotner says police do not think Nealon knew Al-Jumaili or his ethnicity. Nealon filed a report concerning a shooting near his girlfriend's apartment. A witness says Nealon went outside with an assault rifle, intending to shoot the person responsible. Cotner says police are still investigating whether the three individuals in the surveillance video had any involvement in the shooting.
An arrest has been made on the murder of Ahmed Al-Jumaili. A press conference will be scheduled later today.
— Dallas Police Depart (@DallasPD) March 13, 2015
Nora Rangel is a neighbor of Al-Jumaili. She told KERA’s Stella Chavez the gunshots startled her daughter.
"She stood up and shouted, 'Mom, I hear gunshots," Rangel said. "We didn't want to go outside, so we looked out the windows from the balcony. That's when I saw the man's wife running..."
"A few seconds passed and the woman began screaming, 'Somebody help me!"
They opened their apartment door and saw an injured Al-Jumaili bleeding near his door. Rangel’s daughter and husband each called 911. The weather was deteriorating.
"The snow was coming down hard and it was very windy," Rangel said. "They moved his body inside the apartment."
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