What does it take to shut down this hell hole?
It's not enough that we had a
policeman killed at Club DMX. It's not enough that at least 2 different
homicides in Northwest Dallas in the past couple of years
originated from fights that started at Club DMX. Now, a 2 year old
little girl is dying with a bullet in her brain as
a result of a fight that started at Club DMX.
Friday, as I read the on-line stories
about the drive-by shooting in Arlington where two
babies were shot, I was struck by the side
issue of the shootings being a result of a fight the babies' father
had at a Dallas night club. My first thought was what would a
father of 3 children with a pregnant wife be doing at a nightclub in
Dallas? My second thought, was it Club DMX or one of the two giant
clubs at Manana and Stemmons.
All it would take is one good lawsuit - from any one of the
If a tort lawyer goes after
the club, his clients will settle for what they think their
loved-ones are worth, which evidently is a
lot less than what the club is worth.
Failing that, an ordinance
that fines the club owner every time there is an offense -
increasing exponentially with each offense.
I started calling every reporter I know
asking them to find out which club it was. CBS-11
reported that Daddy Prado had been at Club DMX.
Everyone responsible (except the shooters) is denying
responsibility, and the shooters probably will deny responsibility as soon
as some reporter can get to them.
Right off the top, what was
the father of 3 babies with an 8-month pregnant wife (fianc? girlfriend,
etc.) doing at a big dance club on a Thursday night, or any other night?
Daddy Prado is most unhappy that any references have been made to his own
sordid history, and doesn't see the connection to his irresponsible
lifestyle with what has happened to his children.
It's not like this was the first time that the Prado's home has been hit
with gunfire. So why were the children and their pregnant mother
sleeping in the front of the house? Wouldn't common sense suggest that
the children's room be moved to the rear of the house? Common or
uncommon sense would suggest the whole family be moved out of the house
entirely, and Daddy Prado stop hanging out in places where he seems to
antagonize bad guys.
2 hurt in Arlington drive-by;
Girl critical; family says
father, acquaintances argued at Dallas club
Saturday, May 6,
? In the last five months, a small wood house on East Mitchell Street has
been riddled with gunfire three times.
No one was injured during the first two drive-by shootings, but early Friday
as thunderstorms pounded the area, two children sleeping in a bed with their
pregnant mother were wounded.
... Their mother, Christina Arredondo, 20, and
their sister, 3-year-old Alexis, who also was in the bed, weren't injured.
Police said the children's father,
Jesus "Jesse" Prado, got into an argument with several acquaintances from
Arlington at DMX nightclub in Dallas.
Someone at DMX threatened to harm Mr.
Prado's family, said his uncle, Thomas Guerrero, who lives next door.
... "There's been trouble
before," Mr. Guerrero said. "This may be someone trying to get
revenge for something. I don't know."
Police arrested three people ? two
men and a woman ? in a brown Chevrolet Suburban less than a mile from the
Prado home. A weapon was found in the vehicle, said police Lt. Blake Miller.
... The three live within about a mile of one
another ? and the Prados ? in the east-central Arlington neighborhood not
far from Sam Houston High School.
... The children's grandmother said she believes
that the assailants are gang members but said her son is not.
... Multiple rounds from a handgun were fired into
the home as Mr. Prado and five men stood in front of it about 11 p.m. Jan.
7, police said. No one was injured.
The next day, 23-year-old Shaun Kevin
Mathews of Arlington was arrested ...
The family's home was shot at again
March 25 by another group, said Lt. Miller.
Two teens were arrested
Mr. Prado has been on probation for
burglary of a vehicle and criminal mischief, according to court records.
... DMX, where Mr. Prado and the three
arrested in the latest shooting were early Friday, is a mostly Latino club
that is one of Dallas' largest nightspots. The club,
off Stemmons Freeway near Northwest Highway, is also one of the busiest for
In the last 12 months, police have
logged 125 offenses at the club.
... "It's had problems in
the past," said Lt. Michael Levi, a supervisor in Northwest Dallas. "I
wouldn't say DMX is really any worse than any other club of its size."
The club's low point was in
November 2001, when a brawl led to the shooting death of Dallas police
Officer Christopher Kevin James.
... On a typical night, at least nine Dallas
police officers are paid to monitor the club's massive parking lots, Lt.
... Alan Hammer, a DMX
manager, said that there were no altercations at the club Thursday
night, ... "We hope that
people don't hold the club responsible for something that happened
out of our control," Mr. Hammer said. "I can't control what goes on in
... Mr. Prado's mother said her son had no
There's been trouble
That is a major understatement! This house had been shot up twice
before. How can Jesus/Jesse Prado's mom say her son "had no enemies"?
Is there some sort of genetic thing going on with that family? Maybe
had Grandma Prado given her son a little more guidance and goal orientation
other than showing off his motorcycle and keeping Christiana Arredondo
pregnant (20 years old with 3-1/2 babies), Jesse might not be waiting for
his daughter to die.
They are not the only parties involved in this disaster to be in denial.
DPD Lt. Michael Levi doesn't think "DMX is really any worse than any other
club of its size". Excuse me? A police officer was killed at DMX,
as well as a DMX patron in the same incident. A man at a Northwest
Dallas service station was killed after a fight that started at DMX, and I
believe there was another service station killing on Mockingbird that
started at DMX. If Lt. Levi doesn't think "DMX is really any worse
than any other club of its size", then maybe we should not have nightclubs
the size of DMX.
The quoted DMX manager doesn't want us to "hold the club responsible" for
the Arlington shootings -- just because the preceding fight started in his
It's not Daddy Prado's fault that he got into a rumble with some bad guys
while he was out on the town being irresponsible, rather than being at home
with his three babies and their very pregnant mother. It's not the
DPD's fault for not shutting down Club DMX, even if it's been a plague on
Northwest Dallas since even before Licho Escamilla murdered Officer Kevin
James there on November 25, 2001.
Outlook bleak for drive-by victim;
Arlington: Baby brother released from hospital; 3 suspects remain in
Sunday, May 7,
... The 3-year-old was not wounded early Friday
when gunfire sprayed into her family's home, striking her 2-year-old sister
in the head and her 13-month-old brother in the shoulder.
... Daisy remained unconscious and in critical
condition Saturday at Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth, Ms.
Prado said. The prognosis is bleak.
... Daisy and Jesus were shot in a drive-by
shooting while they were sleeping in a bed with Alexis and their pregnant
mother, 20-year-old Christina Arredondo, in the 2000 block of East Mitchell
... Police said the children's father, Jesus
"Jesse" Prado, got into an argument with the three suspects Friday night at
the DMX nightclub in Dallas. Mr. Prado would not comment Saturday on his
relationship with the suspects or on the events leading to the shooting.
He did, however, express anger at
newspaper accounts that included details of his criminal record, which
police said includes burglary and criminal mischief.
doesn't have nothing to do with my kids," he said.
Mr. Prado's relatives said that
someone at the club threatened to harm his family but that Mr. Prado didn't
believe the threat.
Ms. Prado said her son Jesse went to
high school with the two male suspects. She said she thinks they were
jealous of his motorcycle.
"This has been going on for some
time," Ms. Prado said. "He didn't want to fight. All he does is show his
bike. We didn't do anything wrong."
Police records show that Mr. Prado's
house has been riddled with gunfire twice before in the last five months,
but no one had been injured until Friday. ...
Club DMX needs to be
closed. The city needs to place limits on the size of nightclubs and
dance clubs. You can't expect to have that many drunks in one place
and not have problems. That's a no brainer.
You know who I blame as much as Club DMX? Daddy Jesse Prado is the one
who exposed his children to danger. His activities had already got his
house shot up twice, and he still couldn't stay home and be a good daddy.
For this moron to say "My history doesn't have nothing to do with my kids"
is the cruelest joke he will ever tell. His history and his present presence
in a Dallas night club have everything to do with his kids and what happened
to them last Thursday night.
There's no doubt Daddy Prado could find some bar to hang and chase chicks if
Club DMX is closed, but the smaller crowd, the smaller the chance of mayhem.
When incident after incident is tied to a particular gigantic club, there
ought to be some rule that triggers (no pun intended) a review of the club's
license and certificate of occupancy.
We know we cannot count on the TACB to ever turn down a liquor permit, even
in a dry area. We need to know city officials are on our side, and not
putting sales tax revenue ahead of public safety.
Here's one more thing! I want those Arlington thugs to stay out of
Dallas. I'm sick of Northwest Dallas accommodating all the perverts in
Dallas. Now, it looks like all the thugs in the metroplex are flocking
to Northwest Dallas, too.
What is it going to take to get Club DMX and its ilk