Police asking the public to help ID shooter in drive-by that left a mother dead, 3 others wounded

Police asking the public to help ID shooter in drive-by that left a mother dead, 3 others wounded

DAYTON — UPDATE @ 4:02 p.m.: The Dayton Police Department is asking the public for information in to help identifying and apprehending whoever was responsible for the drive-by shooting that left a 29-year-old mother dead and three others wounded.

Terri Taylor, who was shot to death, and the others who were wounded were in a group of approximately 30 attending a birthday celebration at the home in the 2000 block of Catalpa Drive when “unknown assailants opened fire from a vehicle,” Dayton Lt. Hall told News Center 7′s Mike Campbell.

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Police found Taylor and another victim at the home. Two others showed up at local hospitals. The three victims who were wounded suffered injuries of varying severity, but all are expected to recover, the lieutenant said.

“At this time, all indications are that this was not a random act and the assailants targeted this gathering,” he said.

If you have information about the incident, you are asked to contact the police department at 937-333-COPS or Miami Valley Crime Stoppers at 937-222-STOP. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and can receive a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest.

EARLIER REPORT

A Dayton woman is dead and three other people were injured after a drive-by shooting Wednesday night on Catalpa Drive in Dayton.

Terri Taylor, 29, was identified as the victim killed in the incident, according to Montgomery County Coroner Dr. Kent Harshbarger. Taylor’s cause an manner of death were still under investigation, Harshbarger said.

Police and medics were called to the 2000 block of Catalpa Drive around 9:50 p.m. Wednesday after the incident was reported.

A party or celebration was occurring at the time of the shooting, News Center 7′s Ronnell Hunt said people in the neighborhood told him. In the front yard, a canopy was pitched over a table adorned with party favors and food. Speakers had been set up outside as well, Hunt said.

There are several people in the house, on the front porch and in the yard of the home as Dayton police continued their investigation and a Montgomery County Coroner’s Office vehicle arrived on scene.

Two other people suffering from gunshot wounds believed to have been suffered in the Catalpa Drive shooting showed up at area hospitals. One was being treated at Miami Valley Hospital and the other showed up at Grandview Medical Center.

Investigators remained on scene into the overnight hours, collecting evidence that includes shell casings in the street in front of the house where the slain victim was hit.

Police also located slugs that hit a neighboring home and two parked vehicles.

Scene of shooting on Catalpa Drive in Dayton (Ronnell Hunt/Staff)
Scene of shooting on Catalpa Drive in Dayton (Ronnell Hunt/Staff)