Police – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

A drive-by shooting that injured a child in Haltom City last month was apparently the result of a dispute over a 1099 tax form, police say.

According to a search warrant obtained by NBC 5, on February 16, someone fired at least 10 rounds from a 9mm pistol outside a house in the 3500 block of Eastridge Drive. Three children were inside the house at the time, one of whom was shot in the lower leg.

The day after the shooting, police arrested Jesus Vela-Alferez, 46, and identified him as the shooter.

According to the court document, Vela-Alferez was a former employee of a resident of the home and apparently “had issues with a 1099 tax document.” More details about the tax document and the dispute were not provided.

Police said in the warrant that security video from nearby homes identified the shooter’s vehicle as a white Toyota Tundra pickup truck with a distinctive black bumper sticker on the left side of the tailgate.


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Jesus Vela-Alferez, pictured.

A different camera along Beach Street captured the truck’s license plate, which police say confirmed the truck was registered to an address in Fort Worth where Vela-Alferez lived.

Vela-Alferez is currently being held in the Tarrant County Jail where he is being held on $140,000 bail on five counts, including one count of injuring a child and four counts of fatal conduct/discharging a weapon fire.

It’s not immediately clear if Vela-Alferez has an attorney.


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