Dayton police say they don’t have any evidence that there is a relation between the Monday night shooting death of a man playing craps at an apartment on Germantown Pike and a Tuesday incident of a 16-year-old boy getting grazed by a bullet at a vigil for that same man.
“It’s too early to tell right now,” said Dayton police Sgt. Rick Blommel of the Dayton Homicide Unit. “We don’t have anything right now that could tie it to that.”
Edward M. Powers, 28, was shot to death at Whitney Young Estates just before midnight Monday night as a group of men were playing craps.
A 16-year-old boy was taken to Miami Valley Hospital on Tuesday night after a bullet grazed the boy’s head less than 24 hours after Powers’ death. Blommel said he believes the boy was released and that the injury was minor.
Blommel said no suspect is being identified in the Monday homicide. “There are people we are looking at,” he said. “But nothing concrete that we can release at this point.”
“We’ve been out there,” Blommel said. “We’ve checked video, but nobody’s videos reach that far or they’re not working. It’s just a bunch of he said, she said.”
Blommel said no reliable information has been received in the case of the boy’s shooting. Witnesses and police say as many as 40 people had gathered at a makeshift memorial of flowers and photos as part of a vigil for Powers, and a prayer was being said when shots were fired. Police were dispatched at 9:22 p.m. Tuesday.
The large crowd that had gathered for the vigil “created a small problem” for police crews who were dispatched on the shooting, and that prompted the issuing of a signal “99” — meaning officer needs assistance. Montgomery County sheriff’s deputies arrived in response to that call.
No one was arrested. Dayton police Lt. Michael Wilhelm said there was private security at the vigil, but it was not clear whether any of them were armed.