Update: This story was updated at 10:12 pm with more details.
A 3-year-old boy died Monday after he was shot in the head, and police said they were investigating what led up to the shooting.
Police said the boy’s mother drove him to Medical City Dallas Hospital in North Dallas near US Highway 75 and officers were called to the emergency room around 10 am
The boy was pronounced dead at the hospital. His identity was not released.
The boy’s mother told police that she was involved in a road-rage incident near a park at the intersection of Arbor Park and Whitehurst drives in Lake Highlands. The other driver was a man in a red shirt driving a dark-colored four-door sedan, the mother told police.
Police said late Monday that they have not found a “legitimate crime scene” or evidence related to a road-rage incident.
About six Dallas police squad cars were parked outside the hospital’s emergency room entrance about 1 pm Police used yellow crime scene tape to block off the area around a dark-colored, metallic Subaru sedan just outside the entrance, where about a dozen Dallas police officers and detectives gathered.
A tow truck hauled the car away and officers left the hospital around 2:30 pm The car appeared to have two small holes in a back window. There was no other obvious damage to the outside of the vehicle.
Dallas Police Chief Eddie García said in a written statement that he’s confident police will find the person or people responsible for the shooting.
“I know this particular tragedy weighs as heavily on our community as it does on our homicide detectives,” García said. “There are several unanswered questions that our detectives are diligently working to answer.”
The shooting also stirred calls for justice from Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson, who wrote on Twitter that news of the boy’s death “breaks my heart and makes me absolutely sick. The person responsible for this child’s death must be brought to justice.”
Police did not release any additional information.
Police are asking for anyone with information regarding this investigation may contact Detective David Grubbs at 214-671-3675 or firstname.lastname@example.org and reference case No. 053933-2022.
Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest and indictment for this offence. Anonymous tips may be submitted at 214-373-8477.
Staff writer Nataly Keomoungkhoun contributed to this report.