Another deadly shooting in Oak Lawn

Dallas police arrested a man Thursday in Georgia on charges that he fatally shot a 26-year-old woman at his apartment near Carlisle Street and Cedar Springs Road in Dallas. Michael Paul Lucking, 40, had fled to the Atlanta area by the time Dallas police found the woman dead of a gunshot wound to the upper body.

And today, the Dallas Morning News’ Scott Goldstein reports another fatal shooting in Oak Lawn.

“Dallas homicide detectives are on scene of a reported fatal shooting at Lemmon and Welborn, on the edge of Oak Lawn near Uptown,” Goldstein wrote on Twitter moments ago.

UPDATE: The Dallas Police Department reports at 11:46 a.m.: “Many of you have been calling and inquiring about a shooting that occurred at 3500 Welborn. That shooting appears to be a suicide with a note and gun still in hand.”

—  John Wright

How to make the Katy Trail safer?

Lauren Huddleston

As you may have heard, a 28-year-old woman died Sunday after suffering head injuries in a collision last week on the Katy Trail near Routh Street.

Lauren Huddleston was jogging and listening to her iPod when she abruptly changed direction and was struck by a bicyclist, according to reports. Naturally, Huddleston’s death has prompted debate about what can be done to make the trail safer, including a front-page story in Tuesday’s Dallas Morning News.

In the article, one man proposes a 10 mph speed limit for bicyclists on the trail. Others say more signs are needed directing walkers and joggers to the pedestrian-only path alongside the main trail. However, this path doesn’t run the full length of the trail and — like the trail itself — becomes overly crowded during peak hours.

Anyone who’s ever walked, run or biked the trail has undoubtedly had a close call — one Dallas Voice employee was involved in a collision last year.

Perhaps the mere perception that the trail is unsafe will keep some away and make it slightly less crowded in the short-term, but that’s hardly a long-term fix. The ultimate solution is more jogging and biking trails throughout North Texas, so that the trail’s limited space isn’t so heavily in demand.

In the meantime, given that the gays are among the trail’s biggest users, what if anything do you think could be done to make it safer?

—  John Wright