WFPD Investigating First Homicide of 2015

Wichita Falls Police are investigating the first homicide of 2015.

Police got a call around 12:30p.m. on Tuesday, about gunshots at the intersection of Yuma Trail and Gunnision Drive.  They arrived on scene as quickly as possible.  According to police, the victim, Domanic Thrasher, was walking near the intersection when two people in a dark SUV drive by and fired multiple shots.

“Witnesses on scene report hearing anywhere between four and six shots,”  Public Information Officer for the Wichita Falls Police Department, Officer Jeff Hughes said, “We have some of the shell casings at this point, but I do not have an exact count.”

After the shots were fired, the suspects fled the scene and was last located turning south on Ruidosa.

“We definitely don't think this was a random act of violence,”  Officer Hughes said, “We do believe that Mr. Thrasher was the target of this crime.”

The 21-year-old was shot multiple times in the chest and body.  Police said he was treated at the scene and then rushed to United Regional where he was later pronounced dead.  Police are still working to find the connection as to why Thrasher was in the neighborhood.  They are also actively searching for the suspects.

“We have officers all over the city, keeping an eye out for a dark colored SUV,” he said.

The only description the police have about the suspects is that the driver was a black male and there was a white female passenger.

“We are hoping that citizens, if they have seen something, or they have heard something, or they know something about this crime, that they do call in,” Officer Hughes said.

Police said all leads will be followed up on.  This includes anything on social media sites.

While residents in the area are in shock about what happened, officials said they do not have any reason to believe that they should fear for their safety.  However, it never hurts to be cautious.

“We do ask citizens, no matter where you are, no matter what you are doing, no matter what time of day, you should always be aware of your surroundings,” Officer Hughes said, “If you see something suspicious, call and let us know.”

Some residents Newschannel 6 spoke to off camera said they are worried about a retaliation.  Police said that is always a concern with any crime, but they hope no one takes the law into their own hands.

If you have any information about the crime, you are asked to call police.  You can also call Crime Stoppers at (940) 322-9888.  You never have to give your name.

Thrasher was formerly a member of the Rider High School football team.

, Newschannel 6