Dayton police looking for suspect who shot, wounded juvenile

Dayton police looking for suspect who shot, wounded juvenile
A juvenile was shot and wounded Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 16, 2020, on West Norman Avenue, Dayton police said. (Drew Tanner/Staff)

DAYTON — A juvenile was reported to be in critical condition after he was shot Wednesday afternoon and police are looking for a suspect who may have been recorded on video, running through a neighborhood just after the incident.

Dayton police and a medic unit were dispatched to the 400 block of West Norman Avenue about 5:18 p.m. on the report of a possible shooting. According to 9-1-1 audio obtained by WHIO, the victim made his way to the home of a friend to get help.

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“Somebody’s banging on my door, talking about they got shot,” a woman caller tells a Montgomery County 9-1-1 operator/dispatcher. The caller let the victim inside, where someone there applied pressure to the victim’s gunshot wound.

Dayton police Sgt. Douglas George said the young man was taken to Miami Valley Hospital and homicide detectives are now involved because of the seriousness of the victim’s wound. The sergeant said police had no information about a suspect, but said they are looking for at least one person.

A second caller to 9-1-1, also in audio obtained by WHIO, said she heard gunfire and discovered she had video of someone who was in her back yard and running moments after the gunfire was heard.

“He was in my back yard, in the alley,” said the second caller, who also lives on West Norman Avenue. “He was hurt. I could tell he was hurt. He was limping. He was dragging his leg.”

He was holding onto his waistband like he had a gun, the second caller said.

The second caller told the 9-1-1 operator/dispatcher she was reluctant to share the video with police out of fear that someone in a crowd of people who had gathered in the neighborhood would notice her giving the video to police. A few minutes later, she decided to walk to where several police officers had gathered and show them the video.

WHIO will update this developing report as we learn more.