At around 1 a.m. Sunday morning, Dallas police officers responded to a call of shots fired in the parking lot of Ruben’s Grocery on East Red Bird Lane.
Officers arrived to find 32-year-old Danielle Taylor suffering from a gunshot wound. She was transported to the hospital where she later died.
During the investigation, police were told by the owner of white sedan that he had just parked his car and walked into the grocery store when he spotted Taylor take his handgun out of the car.
The man ran to confront Taylor, attempting to retrieve the stolen pistol from her pocket.
They struggled and the gun fired, killing the mother of a five-year-old boy.
John Harper, a friend of Taylor’s who was on hand to speak with NBCDWF, said things should have turned out differently:
“I feel like somebody could have intervened, something could’ve changed the situation, to where we’re not here today,” he said. “Somebody died, and nobody really has any explanations.”
Taylor’s friend, Whitney Williams, who moved back into the area to be closer to loved ones said:
“I never thought I was going to see this day, one thing she loved was this neighborhood and she felt like she was safe in this neighborhood.”
Some of Taylor’s friends say she and the owner of the sedan knew each other.
Dallas PD says the investigation is ongoing pending a Dallas County Grand Jury Trial, and declined to identify the man, but said he had been released after questioning.
If the white sedan had been locked, Taylor might not have been able to access the weapon. Knowing where, and how to store a gun inside a vehicle is important.
Vehicles are one of the most popular places for criminals to steal guns. Click here to read an article about keeping a gun in your glove box.
Since Taylor and the owner of the white sedan knew each other, It’s reasonable to assume she knew right where he kept his gun.
Clearly, you should only tell those people where you store your gun if you absolutely trust them.
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