Rental car in the line of fire struck by bullets

WDTN Photo/Jarod Thrush
WDTN Photo/Jarod Thrush

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Officers are investigating after an Avis rental car was hit by gunfire in Dayton.

Police were called to the 4400 block of Gardendale Avenue around 12:30 a.m. Sunday.

When they arrived, they found a gray Ford Fusion Avis rental car with the driver’s side window shattered and a bullet hole near the frame of the door. The car also had a flat front tire.

The driver told police he was in the area of Leland Avenue and Oakridge Drive waiting for his cousin to meet him. He said while he was at the intersection, a black SUV and a silver grand Prix were traveling down Leland Avenue behind him when the grand Prix fired shots at the SUV. Both cars then took off.

After hearing the shots, the driver told police he threw the car in drive, but in his panic he struck a curb and damaged the car’s tire. He said he didn’t stop and kept driving until he arrived at a friend’s home on Gardendale Avenue.

The driver called the rental company, which then called police. The rental company asked police to have the car towed.

Officers took pictures of the car. They could not locate any evidence from the shooting, but they did find tire marks that followed the driver’s replay of the events.

The incident remains under investigation.

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