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Posted: 7:12 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013

Dayton PD investigating 5th homicide since Tuesday


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Police investigating a shooting Saturday night on Bancroft Street.

By Breaking News Staff


A man was shot and killed on the 1600 block of Bancroft Street Saturday evening, prompting Dayton police to investigate the city’s fifth homicide since Feb. 19.

SEE a list of Dayton homicides in 2013 so far >>

Police Lt. Donald Burden said the shooting happened a little after 6 p.m. when a man was sitting in a car and someone approached from behind and fired multiple shots into the vehicle.

The victim, whose identity has not been released, was hit several times, according to Burden.

“We don’t have a whole lot of history with the gentleman as far as a drug history or anything like that so it doesn’t follow the pattern of the several other shootings we’ve had,” he said.

No arrests have been made. Police said the shooter has been described only as a heavyset black male and over 6 feet tall. A handgun was used in the shooting, according to police.

Before Saturday, the latest in the string of recent homicides was on Friday afternoon, when 28-year-old Willy Boddie Jr. was shot to death in the parking lot of the H&H Service Center on West Riverview Avenue.

“Some may or may not be related,” Burden said on Saturday night. “We don’t know if it’s got something more to do with (retaliation).”

Burden said homicides can often be traced back to drug transactions, noting that law-abiding citizens shouldn’t fear for their safety.

“For most people, if they’re just normal citizens, there’s very little danger to them strictly from someone targeting them,” he said. “(But) we’ve had a couple occasions where houses have been hit during the course of a shooting where that house was not a target but someone (missed) where they were shooting and hit the house.

“Obviously, be careful when you’re out in the open or out walking around,” he said.

A look at gun violence in the City of Dayton so far in 2013:

Jan. 1: The first gun death of the year comes within hours of ringing in 2013. Bradlee Thompson, 30, is shot to death at about 3:30 a.m. inside a house on Hulbert Street. Police identify one of the residents as the suspected shooter and later rule the death a justifiable homicide committed in self-defense.

Jan. 21: Police say one person was shot and another pistol whipped on Martin Luther King Day while sitting in a car outside an apartment building with a drug history on Xenia Avenue.

Jan. 26-27: Six shooting incidents are reported on Dayton’s northwest side in less than 48 hours. Two people are grazed by bullets and several houses are fired into.

Jan. 31: The residence at 4000 Prescott Avenue is shot into twice in one day. During the second shooting, 20-year-old Matthew Anderson is struck and dies in his car several blocks away. A house on Lindenwood Road is shot into the same night while an 81-year-old woman is inside washing dishes.

Feb. 1-4: Police respond to eight separate instances of shots being fired leaving four people injured.

Feb. 17: Several shots were fired into a sleeping toddler’s bedroom at the Northcrest Gardens Apartments at about 11:45 p.m.

Feb. 18: At least two houses were hit by gunfire Monday morning when several witnesses reported someone shooting from a white vehicle in the area of Catalpa Drive and Cambridge Avenue. Police said these were unrelated to feuding groups.

Feb. 19: Four residences were hit in what appears to be two separate shooting incidents Tuesday afternoon and evening. Both occurred on Dayton’s near northwest side in the Princeton Heights/University Row area. No one was hurt, according to police reports.

Feb. 19-20: Three people are killed by gunfire and another two injured in less than 27 hours.

Feb. 22: A man is found shot to death in a car at Philadelphia Drive and West Riverview Avenue.

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