Clothing store stays closed day after shooting

DAYTON, Ohio, (WDTN) – John Ratliff has been busy Tuesday, updating lighting to some stores in the Northtown Plaza on West Siebenthaler in Dayton.

“They called and said they needed extra lighting for security against break ins. I didn’t know anything happened next door,” the independent electrician said.

What happened next door was a shooting Monday, during which 16-year-old Isiah Haggins, Jr. was shot to death. Here is an account of the 911 recording.

“Dispatcher: 911, where is your emergency? Caller: 3217 W. Siebenthaler. Dispatch: Is that a business? Yes.”

The caller described himself as Danny and we are told he is part of a family that owns the urban clothing store.

“Caller, Danny: Somebody tried to rob me. Two guys and I killed one of them. I shot him. Dispatcher: You shot him? Danny: He had a gun.”

Dayton police say Haggins, Jr. and another person were trying to rob the Step N Style store at about 11 o’clock Monday morning.

In the meantime, John Ratliff says he keeps a close watch on what’s going on as he works.

“I’m locking doors if anybody is walking around I make sure doors are locked and tools are locked up.”

Police are still trying to find the other person who ran from the scene after the shooting.

If you know anything, police ask that you call Crime Stoppers at 222-7867. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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