Two Dead After Drug Deal Goes Wrong at The Phoenix

February 17, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

By Praveen Sathianathan and Aida Ahmed,

Police search a car at the scene of the shooting late Wednesday night. (PHOTO BY STUART PALLEY / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

Two suspects are charged with capital murder after a drug-related shooting near Burger Street in the 5600 Block of Mockingbird Lane claimed the lives of two men Wednesday night.

The Dallas Police Department said Jason Greer Frappier, 24, and Chrisitian Avalos, 25, have been charged with capital murder in the shooting deaths of Chadwick Daniel Ryan, 27, of Arlington and Robert Manuel Allen, 29, of Dallas.

According to Dallas Police Lt. David Pughes, three men were sitting in a Jaguar and one man was outside the car when the drug deal went awry. Shots were fired and the two suspects ran away on foot toward the Phoenix Midtown apartments. Chadwick Daniel Ryan died at the scene. Allen was taken to Baylor University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Frappier, who was shot in the elbow at the scene, was also taken to Baylor, where he is being treated and guarded by police. Avalos was arrested, taken to Lew Sterrett Justice Center and is refusing to cooperate with police officers.

The incident, which happened next to the Phoenix apartment complex, is suspected to be a drug deal gone awry.

Police found marijuana and money in the Jaguar, and after a search warrant was issued for an apartment in the Phoenix, a total of 30 pounds of marijuana was found. Three weapons were also recovered at the scene.

In a press conference held Thursday afternoon, Lt. Pughes said the two suspects were believed to be living in the apartment.

Management at the Phoenix declined to comment on the incident.

Witnesses nearby, including an off-duty officer who was stationed at the Kroger Grocery store about 50 yards away, came running to the scene.

Police are in the process of contacting 50 witnesses that saw parts of the shooting. There is also a surveillance tape from the nearby Kroger that may have the shooting on tape.

SMU issued a crime alert Thursday morning verifying that no SMU students were involved in the incident.

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Daily Update: Thursday, Feb. 17

February 17, 2011 by · Comments Off 

A shooting outside of the Burger Street on Mockingbird Lane leaves two dead and one injured. University Park may require students to have resident stickers on their vehicles, and at least three are dead as unrest continues in the Middle East. All this and more on your Daily Update.

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UPDATE: Shots Fired At Burger Street, Two Dead

February 17, 2011 by · 18 Comments 


The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed that Chadwick Daniel Ryan was pronounced dead at 10:32 p.m. after the shooting at Burger Street. According to office staff, an autopsy will be done this afternoon.


The Dallas Morning News and MyFoxDFW are reporting this morning that a second victim was pronounced dead at Baylor Medical Center.


By Aida Ahmed

Shots rang out late Wednesday night at the Burger Street by the Phoenix Apartments on Mockingbird Lane.

The shooting left one man dead. Another victim was injured and taken to the hospital.

Stephanie Cone, a nurse at Baylor University Medical Center of Dallas, was going to the Exxon gas station next to Burger Street when she heard the gunfire.

Police search a car at the scene of the shooting late Wednesday night. (PHOTO BY STUART PALLEY / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

“I heard three shots, boom, boom, boom, in a row,” Cone said. “I just wanted to get in my car and drive away. People started scattering about and somebody ran to call the police.”

After she got in her car, she drove back to the scene of the crime where she saw a dead body on the pavilion of the restaurant. She said she saw police and an ambulance and 15 minutes later she saw a helicopter flying above.

Pamela Rhodes, a security guard who works across the street, was driving up to the parking lot of Kroger when she heard the shots.

“I heard eight shot rounds and saw the victim in the parking lot.”

Police cut off access to Burger Street and no one could come in or out of the Phoenix. Residents can now enter and exit the complex. Witnesses say they believe a suspect had run into the apartment complex where some SMU students live.

SMU junior Chase Hardage lives in the Phoenix and was in his apartment on the fourth floor which overlooks the Burger Street.

“It sounded like someone was literally banging on the balcony window,” Hardage said.

His roommate went to the balcony and called him over to see what was happening below.

“We saw two individuals running to our left, one of them had a gun,” Hardage said. “We didn’t realize what was going on. There was a dead individual on the ground about 50 feet from there.”

Hardage said he heard at least ten shots.

SMU senior Dexter Hostetter arrived at the Phoenix after the incident and was not allowed into the complex.

“I arrived at around 10:45 p.m.,” said Hostetter. “I’m just trying to get in. What I know is there was a shooting.”

Stay tuned to the Daily Mustang for updates on this story.

The Daily Update: Monday, Oct. 25

October 25, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

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Campus News Blog: Waldron Investigation update

March 31, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Lauren Atkinson

Jessica Chane’ Waldron, a former SMU Greek member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, was slain in downtown Dallas early Sunday morning. And now Schepps Dairy, as reported by The Dallas Morning News, is offering a $10,000 reward regarding the murder case.

Call the DPD Homicide Unit at 214-671-3661 or the North Texas Crime Stoppers tip line at 1-877-343-TIPS (8477) if you have any info. They are looking for a blue 2003/2004 Chevy Silverado pick-up truck with 20-22 inch rims and a loud muffler. They believe there were two male occupants in the truck.

Campus News Blog: Former SMU Student Tragically Killed Outside Dallas Nightclub

March 30, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Posted by Johnny Brackett

Many have heard the devastating news of SMU graduate Jessica Chanè Waldron’s death. Waldron suffered a bullet wound while standing outside the 2026 Ultra Lounge, a Dallas night club, early Sunday morning, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Waldron was a resident advisor of Boaz Hall during the 2006 – 2007 academic school year, and the students who lived on the second floor of Boaz Hall during that time mourn this horrible loss. The SMU community is deeply saddened.

An ambulance took Waldron to Baylor University Medical Center where she was treated for a gunshot wound to her stomach. Efforts were not successful, Waldron died around noon Sunday, said the Dallas Morning News. According to homicide Sgt. Bruce McDonald, officials do not believe that Waldron was targeted.

The incident appears to be a random drive-by-shooting, perhaps instigated by gang activity. No suspect has been arrested. Officials ask that any information regarding this tragedy be directed to 214-671-3661.