The bullet that killed a pregnant mother last week was not fired from the gun belonging to a person of interest, bringing the investigation back to the drawing board, Dayton police said Tuesday.
Not long after Da’Lyne Foster’s family announced that the child of their deceased daughter was improving, Dayton police Sgt. Richard Blommel said Tuesday that they will try to sort through all the people who had guns during a Wednesday confrontation that killed Foster, 27.
“He was at the scene and did fire that gun. The gun was recovered and sent to the crime lab,” Blommel said of the unidentified person who may face some misdemeanor charges. “We got word back today that that gun was not the firearm used in the death of Ms. Foster.”
Blommel said police will re-interview witnesses to get more detail about what happened in the incident that involved several firearms. He said most witnesses have been cooperative and that there are “numerous” people the police are looking at.
“We don’t want people shooting guns in the air because bullets not only go up but they come down on unintended targets, which is what we believe originally happened,” Blommel said. “It’s very frustrating when you think you’ve got (the case solved).”
Blommel said the witnesses are the key to the investigation and the ones who can benefit from stopping similar behavior.
“It’s their neighborhood,” Bloomel said. “If they don’t step up and cooperate, then it could be their baby, their daughter, their child that is the next victim.”
The news comes as Christopher Foster, the baby boy delivered via emergency C-section at Miami Valley Hospital after Da’Lyne Foster was fatally shot near the intersection of Danner and Stewart streets in the DeSoto Bass housing complex, is steadily improving.
After initially being labeled in critical condition, the baby can now open his eyes and grip his grandparents’ fingers, the family said Tuesday.
“He’s doing well,” said David Foster of his 7-pound, 15-once grandson. “He’s improving day to day and he is breathing on his own.”
The family said the boy will live with his mother’s parents once he is able to go home from the hospital. The baby’s three older siblings will live with their fathers, the family said.
Although the baby’s condition is improving, doctors warned that he is not fully out of danger.
The family said doctors slowly weened the baby out of a “semi-frozen state,” warming his body temperature one degree at a time over the weekend. His body was cooled for four days in an attempt to reduce swelling and decrease the risk of brain damage, his grandfather said.
The family has asked that any donations for their daughter’s funeral be made at St. Paul’s Church on Germantown Pike and that a fund has been set up for Christopher Foster at Wright-Patt Credit Union.
Da’Lyne Foster’s mother, Linda Hayes, said, “She was protective, she was everybody’s friend.”
“That someone would take her life in this manner and then jeopardize the life of my grandson, I don’t have an understanding,” Hayes said.
David Foster said he has forgiven the shooter whose bullet killed his daughter. “I’ve already forgiven them because my child is at peace,” he said. “They still have to deal with the trauma of this. They’re afraid. They’re on the run. They have a lot of fear and rightfully so.”
“They’ll have to live with this for the rest of their life. I’m quite sure that they’ll dealing with it right now. I’ve already forgiven them. I have to, so I can move on and be strong for my family,” Foster said. “I can’t be stuck in a rut thinking about someone who did something wrong. I think that justice will be served, though.”