Iraqi immigrant shot in U.S. while he was watching snow fall

Ahmed al-Jumaili, 36, was shot and killed outside his apartment complex in Dallas. (Photo courtesy Dallas Police Department)

An Iraqi man who recently moved to the U.S. was shot and killed on Thursday by unidentified assailants as he stepped outside his apartment building to watch his first snow fall, local media reported.

Ahmed al-Jumaili, 36, had travelled to join his wife of 16 months in Dallas, Texas three weeks ago.

“Just like all of us, a pretty snowfall brings the child out in us,” Dallas police Maj. Jeff Cotner told the Dallas Morning News.

His wife took pictures of the snow fall as Jumaili and his brother watched.

“You can just imagine the excitement between his wife and his brother and himself as they were enjoying the snowfall,” Cotner said.

Residents told police they saw two to four men enter the apartment complex through a vehicle gate before the shooting.

Moments later several shots were fired from what witnesses believed was a rifle.

After being hit, a wounded Jumaili was then taken to the hospital where he died, ABC News reported. Police have stepped up patrols in search of the perpetrators.

“We can't solve this crime alone,” he said, appealing to the public to provide any information that may aid in the investigation.

“This is one of those times we need someone to understand what occurred and give us the information we need to make those responsible for this action be held accountable.”

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:46 - GMT 06:46