1 dead, 1 in custody in shooting on Dayton’s east side

DAYTON — One male is in custody and one person is dead in the shooting that occurred this afternoon in the area of South Monmouth Street near East Fourth Street on Dayton’s east side, Lt. Jeffrey Thomas said.

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Police dispatched about 4:15 p.m. to the first block of South Monmouth Street on the report of a shooting found a person in the street, deceased, and learned that a male suspect had run into a house also on South Monmouth, the lieutenant said.

Police quickly shut down the area at East Fourth and South Monmouth Streets.

Lt. Thomas said at this early stage in the investigation, police don’t know whether the victim is male or female, how many times the person had been shot, or whether the person had a gun.

Police also are working to determine what led to the shooting and how many times the suspect fired the weapon, which police recovered “on the premises.”

Police took the male suspect into custody after coaxing him out of the house.

Officers used a PA system to deliver verbal commands and coaxed an unknown number of other people out of the house with their hands up and empty, the lieutenant said.

“We’re going to talk to everyone who was in the residence to get a clearer picture about what transpired,” he said.

Homicide detectives planned to interview them Thursday night because so far, all of them have refused to speak with police.

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Two people who live in the neighborhood said they don’t know who lives in the house where the police investigation is focused.

Both lamented all of the shootings that have been occurring in the city.

Hadley Weaver, who told News Center 7′s Kayla McDermott she heard “four to five gunshots” and looked out her upstairs window to see the body, said the shootings have made things worse.

“If I was able to move out of state or away from this area at all, I definitely would,” Weaver said.

Donna Smith said, “It’s just sad that people can’t get along.”

The shooting remains under investigation.

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