2 men killed in early-morning shootings
By Amanda Kramer
Posted: Thursday, December 25, 2008 1:23 AM EST
Two men were shot to death and another was wounded inside a home on Molette Street in Carrollton early Wednesday morning.
Officers discovered the bodies of David F. Nixon, 53, of 111 Molette St., and Michael Deon Cruver, 26, of Carrollton, inside the home after neighbors heard shots fired and called 911 around 1:50 a.m., said Carrollton police Capt. Jamison Sailors.
David Nixon’s son, Reginald, 27, who was also shot, was taken to Tanner Medical Center in Carrollton, where he underwent surgery. His wounds were not life-threatening.
Sailors said Reginald Nixon, who was in extreme pain and unable to communicate well with police at the time, was able to flag down officers as they approached the Molette Street home. Police then discovered the body of his father in his bedroom and Cruver in the living room.
Sailors said investigators did not have any suspects or a motive for the shooting and were unsure if the gunfire followed a home invasion or stemmed from an argument at the home. Police said at least one witness said she saw two males leave the house shortly after hearing the gunfire in a small white car -- possibly a Toyota or Nissan -- travelling eastbound on Molette Street.
Neighbor Rodderick Thomas said he was inside his mother’s room when the shots were fired and called Reginald Nixon, known as “Nick Jr.”, to see if he was hurt.
“When I asked Nick Jr. if he was OK, he picked up and said no and hung up,” Thomas said. “I called back and he didn’t answer that time. We heard another dude saying, ‘help me, help me.’ I went over and seen his daddy, ‘Bubba,’ dead in the bed.”
Thomas said he pulled Reginald out from the living room and bought him to an ambulance.
“Nick Jr. was my best friend,” Thomas said. “He was low-key and had no problems with nobody. We’ve been friends our whole lives.”
Maurice Henderson, who also lives on Molette Street, said he was asleep when the shooting occurred but had a friend wake him up to ask him about the gunshots.
“This is the first time something like this has ever happened here,” Henderson said. “I am going to make sure to be careful and keep an eye on my family when they walk down the street.”
Police were canvassing the neighborhood Wednesday afternoon for information.
“We’re hoping somebody knows something and will come forward,” he said.
Anyone with any information about the incident can contact Carrollton police Cpl. Rita Worthy at 770-834-4451 or Crime Stoppers at 770-838-STOP. All callers can remain anonymous, and a cash reward is offered for information leading to an arrest.