Deadly Shooting in Southlake May Have Connections to Drug Cartel

NBC 5 has learned federal agents are investigating possible drug cartel connections to a Wednesday shooting at Southlake Town Center.

Officials say a masked gunman shot and killed a 43-year-old Southlake man in the parking lot of the affluent city's town center in what appeared to be a targeted attack.

Chief Stephen Mylett of the Southlake Department of Public Safety said his investigators are consulting with DEA, FBI, and Department of Homeland Security agencies on the attack. Other police departments in the area, including the Grapevine, Keller, and Colleyville departments are also consulting with Southlake officers on the case.

"I don't want to speculate on the motivation of the suspects but everything we're receiving is this is not a random shooting," Mylett told NBC 5 on Wednesday. "This was a targeted incident."

The shooting happened in front of many witnesses between the Victoria's Secret store and the gazebo in the heart of the upscale town square.

The victim was in the passenger's seat of a Range Rover when he was shot multiple times, police said. He later died at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine.

The victim's wife was behind the wheel at the time. She was unhurt. Witnesses said the wife spoke in Spanish, asking for help. Police say they have spoken with the wife, but officials wouldn't comment on what information they received.

The couple's 13-year-old son arrived on the scene soon after the shooting, police said.

It was the first murder in the affluent suburb in 15 years.

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