Police: Haltom City drive-by shooting over tax forms dispute

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A 4-year-old child was shot dead in a Haltom City neighborhood on February 16 and taken to hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening, police said. Police said the shooting was the result of a dispute over a tax form.

jhartley@star-telegram.com

The Feb. 16 drive-by shooting in Haltom City that injured a 4-year-old girl was the result of a dispute over a tax form, police said in a search warrant for a suspect’s phone.

Police obtained a search warrant for the suspect’s phone on Tuesday. Police previously said they believe Jesus Vela-Alferez, 46, of Fort Worth, was the shooter.

The father of the injured child and Vela-Alferez had a business relationship, police said, and investigators believe the shooting was in response to a business dispute.

Shortly after 3 p.m. on February 16, the City of Haltom Police Department responded to the 3500 block of Eastridge Drive after receiving a call about gunshots in the area, police said in a news release.

When officers arrived, they found several vehicles and a house had been hit by bullets in a drive-by shooting. A child inside the residence was injured by the gunfire and taken to a local hospital, police said.

Police said in the search warrant that Vela-Alferez “had trouble with a 1099 tax document” since he was employed by the injured girl’s father. Police have not provided any further information about the problems Vela-Alferez faced or the dispute that led to the shooting.

Police said they wanted to search the phone for evidence linking Vela-Alferez.

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James Hartley is a breaking news reporter at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He’s a North Texas native who joined the Star-Telegram team during an internship in 2019 and just didn’t leave. He is passionate about true stories and likes sober films, good tea and scotch out of his budget.


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