Woman Shot, Killed at Home in Apparent Carjacking Near Preston Royal

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A North Dallas woman was killed after being shot during an apparent carjacking late Monday afternoon in the 6100 block of Royalton Drive, according to news reports and Dallas police.

The woman has been identified as Leslie Squair Baker, age 59, a mother of two college-age children, Dallas Police confirmed. Her husband, Robert H. Baker, is a real estate broker. Baker worked at Texas Healthcare Resources in Plano, president of Texas Health Center for Diagnostics and Surgery Larry Q. Robertson confirmed in a statement.

Leslie Squair Baker

“Officers pulled the victim out of the vehicle and immediately began performing first aid before the arrival of Dallas Fire-Rescue,” Dallas Police said in a statement. “The victim was transported to an area hospital, where she died from her injuries.”

Neighbors say six shots were fired. Recordings from neighbors’ security systems indicate three slow shots fired by a rapid succession of six.

I live in the area, was home at the time, but heard no gunshots. However, many neighbors did, and the neighborhood app NextDoor is brimming with information on the shooting, including a description of the alleged assailant’s car and the possibility that an Amazon delivery truck may have witnessed the crime or assailants. Others say Baker had dropped by a friend’s home near Willow Lane, and was approached by a man with a gun when she returned home. Her husband was at home and heard the shots.

According to an official police statement, Baker was on her cell phone, in her driveway, talking to a friend and said, “I’m being robbed.” Then the phone went dead.

“Leslie Squair Baker was a kind and loving woman, who was a few years behind me at W.T. White,” said Karen Lukin, a friend. “I shall remember her most for the kindness she showed my mom, who was hospitalized for long periods where Leslie worked. She would bring flowers and visit, and call with a cheery message to tell me about their chats. May God guide her way, and take care of Leslie’s husband, mom and kids as kindly as Leslie looked after my mom.”

The Dallas Police Department – Homicide Unit is asking that anyone with information regarding this offense, contact Detective E. Montenegro at 214-671-3624 or via email e.montenegro@dallascityhall.com.  Please refer to case #092727-2020.

We will be updating this report as more details become available.

This story has been updated with new information on the case.

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Candy Evans

A real estate muckraker, Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters. She is also the North Texas real estate editor for Forbes.com, CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, & the Katy Trail Weekly. Candy has written for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News, plus a host of national sites. Constantly breaking celebrity real estate news, she scooped former president George W. Bush's Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of her signature CandysDirt.com, and SecondShelters.com, devoted to the vacation home market. Her verticals have won many awards, including Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations. Candy holds an active Texas real estate license but does not sell. She is on the Board of Directors of Braemar Hotels & Resorts (BHR).

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  1. Carrie Makowski says

    This does not sound like a car jacking to me. Sounds like she was targeted. In my opinion, almost anyone would give their car to someone with a gun. And SIX shots? Seems excessive and they wanted to ensure she was dead. Either way it’s awful and I hope they find the killer and fry him.

    • Aston says

      There were a total of 9 nine shots fired. The first three were separated by seconds. The last six were all within 1-2 seconds total. Maybe some of those shots were from someone in the household? The suspect vehicle was Caught on video surveillance in the area for more than 45 minutes before the first fired shot. Maybe looking for a potential target?

      Targeting is possible. But we won’t know until the details are revealed.

  2. Amy says

    Who has said carjacking? It’s not apparent to me from this article. Where’s the direct quote from police that says this?

    • mmCandy Evans says

      Amy, I wrote this in the wee hours compiling info from social media networks, where I found most info. Talking to police and witnesses today. I said APPARENT. We will keep updating.

      • Amy says

        Irresponsible. Putting the word “Apparent” doesn’t absolve you from the responsibility of checking sources and providing quotes. All other legit journalists are reporting the FACTS: A woman was shot and killed in her driveway.

  3. Steve says

    Amy please chill out. If you find her journalism so irresponsible then please feel free to retrieve your news from another website. Many of us are glad she is posting all of the information that can be gathered since often it is so hard to come by.

    • Mike says

      You’re a dumb ass with that thinking. Why not say apparent drug deal? Apparent murder attempt?, Apparent alien abduction? Just stay with the facts please!!!

  4. Susie says

    I agree with Steve, and I appreciate Candy posting. It makes me wonder if “Amy” is another person who likes to insult Candy.

    Question: Re the earlier post, what makes you assume it was a man who shot Ms. Baker? I’m starting to sense some anarchy associated with this pandemic, with record unemployment combined also with the racists shootings lately–the culprit could have shot her simply because she’s white. She could have been targeted over something as simple as yapping on her phone and cutting too close to some nutcase on Preston. And of course it could be someone who knew her or one of her family members. I mean, no one has posted any real clues yet, but what IS a fact is there are cameras everywhere so more than one household and or business has a film of whoever this was. Police could also do a reverse search on the cell phone pings and cross reference those.

    Candy, keep up the blog, anxious to hear more.

    • mmCandy Evans says

      Thanks all. Amy, I apologize if this offends you. But I stayed up until 4 am Monday night reading social media, talking to our patrol, and reporting on this case. Every outlet thought “carjacking”, as did the police. And it was too late/early to call the PIO. As it turns out, that’s exactly what it was. I cannot tell you how angry I am that this happened in this beautiful city to this beautiful woman. It is time for some REAL change in Dallas…

  5. Sheri says

    Candy, thank you for posting this information, as I live in the area and had no idea there was a gunman at large!!

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