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Family: Bingo hall shooting victim died saving others

Published: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 @ 8:52 AM
Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 @ 7:31 PM

            Brother of homicide victim who was shot at a Bingo Hall 10 days ago calls killer a 'coward.'
Brother of homicide victim who was shot at a Bingo Hall 10 days ago calls killer a 'coward.'

The family of a Dayton man who died Monday after being shot at a bingo hall on July 4 weekend say he was trying to protect others.

Adrian Days, 27, died at Miami Valley Hospital Monday morning, nine days after being hit in the back by a bullet during a shootout at the Old Red Barn Bingo Hall at 700 Shiloh Springs Road in Harrison Twp. He was working security at the hall July 5 when a fight reportedly broke out inside around 2 a.m. As patrons were being escorted outside, someone opened fire.

Antuan Passmore, Days brother, said Days was trying to help people get out of the way of the gunfire when he was struck, the bullet traveling up his spine and causing severe damage. People at the scene loaded Days into a gold truck and drove him to Good Samaritan Hospital. He was taken to Miami Valley via helicopter and died there without ever regaining consciousness.

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"He fought with everything that he had, everything that he had to give and in the end it just wasn't enough," Passmore said. "Trying to save somebody else and he got his life taken."

Although Days was armed, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office said they don't believe he fired any shots; detectives recovered his gun. Dayton police found several handguns under a vehicle on Sherwood Drive, and have been connected to the Old Red Barn shootout. At least a hundred people were inside the hall when the fight happened, and the scene quickly became chaotic following the gunfire, said Maj. Daryl Wilson.

"It sounded like it wasn't just one person shooting," Wilson said. "Numerous people were shooting. When our deputies got there they reported there were people scattered all over the parking lot."

Described as a fun-loving person who would "give a homeless person his last dollar to get something to eat," Passmore said he's not surprised his brother died helping someone else. Even in death he is still helping— Days' organs were donated, saving four lives. But Passmore said his family, including Days' 4-year-old daughter, Adriana, deserve closure by the person responsible being behind bars.

"To pull out a handgun and shoot into a crowd of people, that was not a mistake. That was being stupid, really stupid, and you took somebody's life for that," Passmore said.

Detectives are investigating Days' death as a homicide, but they have no suspects. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at 225-4357.