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Neighbor: Family Dollar shooting victim ‘was good people’

Published: Monday, July 22, 2019 @ 3:21 PM

Witness to Family Dollar shooting: Man shot woman, turned gun on himself

The Dayton Daily News and News Center 7 are learning more about the woman who was killed in a shooting Sunday afternoon at Family Dollar, 440 N. James H. McGee Blvd., Dayton. 

Donna Ruth Brown, 45, was shot and killed Sunday afternoon at the Family Dollar, 440 N. James H. McGee Blvd., in Dayton. Dennis Haggin, 62, was also killed by gunfire at the same location.

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A witness who called 911 told this news organization that the male shot the female before turning the gun on himself outside the front door of the store.

Brown was a resident of the Desoto Bass apartments, where neighbors described her as caring and friendly. 

Alberta Boyd lives next door to where Brown lived. Boyd said Brown would often sit and talk and her children would come by to say "Hi." 

"Donna was good people. Friendly. Good friend ... Always givin' to people. All the time. Good friend. She cared about people. I loved Donna," Boyd said. 

Robin Jones said she knew Donna and is friends with Brown's twin sister, Dawn. 

Jones said she called Brown's sister after she heard the news and extended her condolences to the family. 

"It's just tragic. Nowadays it's like, you don't never know what's gonna happen ... I woulda never thought in a million years that would happen to Donna," Jones said. 

Police are expected to talk about the case this afternoon for the first time since the shootings happened.