The Waxahachie Police Department is seeking information from the public that could lead to the arrest of an individual or individuals who shot out several windows in a vehicle and pair of local businesses. The incident took place early Friday morning.
Waxahachie police Lt. Todd Woodruff said it is believed the windows were shot out with a pellet gun.
The vandalism took place in the 200 and 400 blocks of Wyatt Street with damage to the Ellis County Democratic Headquarters and Frank’s Urban Collection in the 200 block of East Main Street.
Democratic Party volunteer Charles Curtis was opening up the headquarters office for the party’s weekly coffee club at 6:20 a.m. Friday when the incident happened.
Curtis said as he was opening up the office when another member, Joe Gatling, was parking his truck. As he was opening up the door he heard two pops with something going past his head. Curtis thought that Gatling had run over a rock with his truck. Turning around, Curtis said he witnessed a small four-door, dark-colored car drive down the street at a high rate of speed.
After the incident happened he went to check out the area. He found that one of the windows on his GMC Yukon had been shattered, along with the window on the front door of the office.
“We have never really had any trouble here. I don’t know if this is political or not,” Ellis County Democratic Party Chair Nancy Cannaday said. “I think that it is pretty gutsy to come to downtown Waxahachie and fire any type of a gun and do damage.”
Curtis and Gatling were not injured in the incident.
The third shot from the pellet gun broke the first pane on the double-pane window at Frank’s Urban Collection, located next door to the Ellis County Democratic Party headquarters.
Frank’s Urban Collection owner Craig Hargrove said no employees were injured at the time of the incident.
If anyone has any information about this incident, contact the Waxahachie Police Department at 469-309-4400. The police department is located at 216 N. College St.
Information may also be sent in through Waxahachie Crime Stoppers tip line at 972-937-PAYS (7297). Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and/or conviction for this crime. Information may be left anonymously and all tips are confidential.
The tip line is answered 24-hours a day, seven days a week by volunteers, and a translator will be available if needed.
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