Wacoan left for dead

By Rob Bradfield
Assistant City Editor

A shooting at a smoke shop left one teen dead and another injured Monday morning.

Waco police officers responding to reports of a shooting at Eddies Smoke Shop on Waco Drive found two individuals — Dhaodrique Eastland, 17, and another 19-year-old victim both from Waco — with gunshot wounds to the upper torso and forearm, respectively.

Both were rushed to the hospital, where Eastland was pronounced dead.

At the time of publication, the condition of the other victim was not known.

According to Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton of the Waco PD, no arrests have been made and there is no definite suspect.

“All we know is it’s a black male suspect that fled on foot,” Swanton said.

This is the first reported murder in Waco this year, and is part of a general downward trend in crime in Waco, according to WPD statistics.

The murder rate in 2012 was down to six from 11 in 2011, and 2010 saw only five — one of the lowest years on record.

According to Swanton, however, the murder rate is not easily predicted or affected.

“Murder is one of those that you just don’t have a whole lot of control over,” Swanton said.