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Father, son targeted in Dallas shooting

Father, son targeted in Dallas shooting

POSTED: Monday, March 8, 2010 - 11:19am

UPDATED: Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 10:39am

A gunman attacked a father and son inside a Dallas office building Monday morning, Dallas police said.

The shooting happened took place just before 11 a.m. on the third floor of the United Texas Bank building on 12222 Merit Drive. Two calls to 911, the first a hang-up and the second indicating shots had been fired, were received by the Dallas police.

Officers arrived at the building and were walking down a hallway on the third floor when a man with a gun exited an office, saw the officers and raised his weapon. An exchange of gunfire took place and the gunman retreated into the office, said Lt. Andrew Harvey with the Dallas Police Department.

DALLAS - Dallas police believe the gunman then shot himself in the head.

The father and son, 63 and 39 respectively, worked for Smith Financial and knew the gunman, police said. Both men were transported to Medical City Dallas and are in stable condition. The gunman was transported to Medical City Dallas and is in very critical condition.

The names of the victims and gunman have not been released and the motive for the shooting has not yet been established, police said.

Elsewhere in the building

Meanwhile, on the first floor, a witness told KRLD-AM of Dallas that a bank customer went outside, then came back inside and said, "You'd better lock your doors" after either hearing the gunfire or seeing the gunmam. Another witness reported seeing a man sitting in a chair with blood all over his chest.

Customers and employees then locked themselves in the bank's vault. No one in the bank was injured.

The bank is located on the first floor of the Four Forest high-rise office building, the shootings took place on the third floor.

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