Shooting at Oak Cliff mall leaves 1 dead, 2 injured

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — A shooting at a popular Oak Cliff mall left one dead and two injured.

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Dallas police said just after 1:15 p.m. Saturday afternoon, a suspect later identified as 26-year-old Javis Dixon shot several people inside Big T Plaza off West Ledbedder Drive and I-35 East. Police believe one or more of the victims had a verbal argument with Dixon before the shooting.

One victim, Corderro Robinson, 36, did not survive his injuries.

“Scary isn’t it?” said Leshenda Griffin who came to the square to go to the beauty shop. “I don’t know why it happened but it just has to stop happening, it just doesn’t make sense.”

Griffin and others who came to see the heavy police presence hope to find solutions to prevent this kind of violence from happening in the popular square.

“I don’t know if this place has electric monitors or anything, that might be a good first step to start with, you know, everyone is going to have to poke around when they walk in and I don’t mind poking around if that means I’m not going to die, I’m going to go home,” Griffin added.

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Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Carolyn King Arnold represents this area and spoke with the owner of Big T Plaza.

“The Big T Bazaar is committed to maintaining that it is a safe place to shop, that [the owner is] committed as he always has been, as he said, to making sure he has a partnership with this city but also with the Dallas Police Department and this surrounding community,” Arnold said.

She says she works with police, businesses and community groups to make sure visitors are safe in these commercial areas.

“We’re going to make sure that we work with our community partners to make sure that no matter where you shop, no matter where you live, we know it’s going to be a safe place and we just have to work together in tandem to make sure the public safety comes first,” Arnold said.

It’s a community trying to change the narrative of this place so that visitors don’t have to think like that the next time they come here.

“I better get in and out and hopefully get home to see my family tonight,” Griffin added.

Edwin S. Wolfe