DAYTON — A shooting Monday afternoon in the parking lot of the Donald Jordan Memorial Chapel as the processional was leaving for a cemetery “was just ridiculous,” an eyewitness said.
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The condition of victim, who was taken by private vehicle to Miami Valley Hospital, has not been made public. Dayton police said they have no suspects.
Police arrested Levernon Phipps, 23, and he was booked into jail on suspicion of felonious assault, drug possession and tampering with evidence.
“I think it’s selfish,” said the eyewitness, Deneshia McMahon. “We’re mourning someone that we love. It’s sad. We didn’t even get to see him buried.”
Police were dispatched to Jordan chapel, in the 4800 block of Germantown Pike, about 2:10 p.m., on the report of a shooting. Our News Center 7 news crew counted as many as 28 evidence markers in the area of the shooting. Evidence markers are used to show police where shell casings have landed or ended up in the investigation of a shooting.
According to police radio traffic, a funeral procession was fired upon as it was heading to a cemetery in Moraine.
“It was like a movie,” McMahon told News Center 7′s Sean Cudahy. “Everybody was just running.”
The memorial service was for DeAngelo Ware Jr., 23, who was shot July 3 on Grafton Avenue. A caller to 9-1-1 told dispatchers the shooting was an accident. According to a Dayton police spokeswoman, Ware’s death remains under investigation.
The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office has not ruled on a cause or manner of Ware’s death but a Dayton police incident report described the case as a homicide investigation.
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