Posted on November 23, 2020

‘Definition of a Serial Killer’: Cops Solve Random Shooting Spree That Terrified Dallas

Pilar Melendez, Daily Beast, November 21, 2020

A Texas man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend’s father has now been tied to at least three shooting deaths in the last few weeks in what authorities are calling a random crime spree that is “the definition of a serial killer.”

Jeremy Harris, 31, has been charged for a string of killings that began on Halloween and ended with his arrest on Wednesday for the murder of 60-year-old Blair Carter, who was found inside a house set ablaze.

Jeremy Harris

Jeremy Harris

The Celina Police Department said Harris is facing charges for at least three shooting deaths in Dallas, including the murder of 19-year-old SMU student Robert Jaden Urrea, who was waiting for a rideshare after a Halloween party. The other two victims, who were shot on Nov. 14, were 36-year-old Adam Gautreau, who was hit on a street corner, and 57-year-old Kenneth Jerome Hamilton, who was struck from inside his car at a red light.

Authorities say that, during each random shooting, Harris pointed a gun from the window of his driver’s seat, fired, then drove off.

“I believe this is the definition of a serial killer,” Dallas Deputy Chief Reuben Ramirez said, adding that besides Carter’s death in Celina, there was no known connection between Harris and his victims. {snip}

Harris’ arrest ended a massive manhunt for the person behind the terrifying shooting spree. The investigation included a plea for the public’s help and assistance from the U.S. Marshals’ North Texas Fugitive Task Force.

Dallas Police Chief U. Reneé Hall said Friday the surge of shootings after Halloween was particularly alarming because “it was separate and apart from anything that we’ve seen.”

“The knowledge that someone is randomly, with no real reason and reckless regard for human life, going around murdering individuals is a separate kind of fear,” she said.

Authorities allege Harris shot Urrea from a white Ford Taurus just after the 19-year-old had called a rideshare around 3 a.m. on Oct. 31. The arrest affidavit says he appeared to summon Urrea to the passenger side of the car before shooting and speeding off.

On Thursday, Dallas police found that car—later identified as belonging to Harris’ girlfriend—in a repair shop. Inside, investigators found a bullet cartridge under the passenger seat. The arrest warrant says Harris had been involved in a car accident hours after Urrea’s killing.