Man Arrested In Texas Party Shooting

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Police on Tuesday arrested a man accused of opening fire at a child's birthday party, killing a woman and her 5-year-old granddaughter.

Authorities said Erick Daniel Davila, 21, was arrested on a capital murder warrant, a charge that carries the death penalty.

Officers followed Davila after seeing him at an apartment complex, but he tried to get away by driving through another complex where he hit some cars, crashed into a fence and then ran away while carrying a gun before he was caught by SWAT officers, said police Lt. Paul Henderson.

Davila was being questioned by police and had not been booked into the jail as of late Tuesday afternoon, according to a jail employee. It was unclear whether he had an attorney.

Investigators were still trying to determine why a man driving by the duplex Sunday night got out and started shooting while Annette Stevenson was hosting a party for one of her granddaughters, Henderson said.

Stevenson, 48, died at the scene and Queshawn Stevenson, 5, died at a hospital early Monday morning.

Another woman and three other children, including the birthday girl who turned 9 on Monday, were wounded. Information on their conditions was not available Tuesday, but relatives have said their injuries were not life-threatening.

Davila was released from prison in August after serving a little more than a year for a 2004 burglary, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He also was convicted of marijuana possession late last year.


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