Grand jury indicts man accused of killing man at Kettering BP station

Kettering officers were inside the BP when the shooting happened outside

KETTERING — A grand jury has indicted a Dayton man accused of shooting, killing a man at the Kettering BP at the corner of Smithville and Wilmington Pike last week.

Kettering police officers were inside a BP station when a deadly shooting happened right outside the store, investigators said.

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The officers are being credited with quickly detaining people believed to be connected to the deadly shooting, police said.

Anthony Gray Jr., 21, of Dayton was killed, according to Montgomery County Coroner Dr. Kent Harshbarger.

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The shooting happened during an argument inside a vehicle that was parked at a gas pump, said Chief Christopher Protsman with Kettering Police.

Ja’Leel Brooks, 21, was indicted Tuesday on two counts of murder and four counts of felonious assault.

Protsman said Gray was the driver in a car parked next to a gas pump. Brooks was a rear passenger. At some point, the two got into an argument and Brooks exited the car and fired multiple shots through the driver’s window, hitting Gray and another passenger, Protsman said.

Also shot was Demarque Young, 22, who also was in the car with Gray. Young was taken to the hospital, but released after treatment, Protsman said.

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Intersections near the intersection of Wilmington Pike and South Smithville Road were shut down after a shooting at the gas station.

Multiple jurisdictions across Montgomery County responded to the call after Kettering police requested a county-wide assistance call.

A second person, Jaylen Gregory, 22, was arrested at the BP after the shooting on a probation violation, but he was not arrested in connection to the shooting, Protsman said.