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Gunman sought after killing 21-year-old woman, wounding 7 others inside northwest Dallas nightclub



PLANO, TX – One person was killed and seven others were wounded when a shooter opened fire early Saturday inside a crowded northwest Dallas nightclub, police said.

Police were called about 1:30 a.m. to Pryme Bar, at 10333 Technology Boulevard West, just south of Northwest Highway and west of Interstate 35E, and found eight people shot — five women and three men, ranging in age from 18 to 46, police said.

Officers determined that an argument had broken out between two people inside, and that after a witness tried to intervene, someone pulled out a gun and began firing.

The gunman, described as a Black man in his early 20s with dreadlocks and a blue shirt with a hat and jacket, remained at large, police said.

All eight victims were taken to hospitals. Daisy Navarrete, 21, of Plano died, and conditions of the others ranged from good to critical, police said.

Navarrete had just turned 21 Monday and was full of life, said her mother, Judith Gonzalez, also of Plano. She was born and raised in Plano and worked at FedEx but hoped to one day go to nursing school.

“She was a beautiful, happy girl,” Gonzalez said. “She had a lot to live for. But not anymore because now she’s gone.

“This has been very, very hard,” Gonzalez added. “We need the police to get the person that did this. This cannot be left like this.”

Gonzalez said Navarrete had gone to the club “just to have fun.” She said it was the nightclub’s responsibility to make sure the environment was safe, and she expressed anger at both police and Pryme Bar for not taking steps to prevent the violence.

“How did a person get in there with a gun?” Gonzalez said. “The police needs to look at all those details. If they were more careful, we won’t be going through all this nightmare.”

‘I don’t want to die alone’

Piles of blood-stained rags and clothes, shards of glass and bottles of alcohol were still scattered around the two-story club later Saturday morning. A light pink heel that employees said belonged to one of the victims sat near the entrance by a pile of stained clothing.

It had been a busy Friday night with hundreds of partygoers, many of them young women, staff members said.

There was a lot of mayhem,” said employee Jeromy Skinner, who was at the club overnight and came back early Saturday to help clean up.

Skinner said he was near the back of the club when the shooter walked in through a side door and came to blows with another man near the front. The two fought near the entrance, then nine to 12 shots rang out, Skinner said. The music was cut off, and people started frantically shoving one another in a scramble to get out the back doors.

“If anything, it’s weird that I’m alive, because I saw a lady get shot,“ Skinner said, adding that that was the moment he thought, “This is real.”

Police arrived within minutes, Skinner said. He said one wounded woman stumbled toward the bathroom before telling him, “Please help me, I don’t want to die alone.”

“That’s going to kill me the rest of my life,” Skinner said. “I was just like, ‘Damn.’”

Skinner said that employees were devastated by the shooting and that he couldn’t sleep after getting home about 5:30 a.m.