MIAMI TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) – Miami Township Police are confirming the shooting that left a juvenile male dead Saturday started over an attempted robbery of athletic shoes.
According to police, three juvenile males from Middletown approached two adult males outside the Dayton Mall around 10:00 a.m. Saturday. They say one of the juveniles produced a gun and demanded merchandise from the adult males. Police say one of the males, who had a valid concealed carry weapon permit, pulled out a gun of his own and shot the teen who had the gun. That teen, identified as Jawaad Jabbar, 16, died from a single gunshot wound.
The men were at the mall to attend a limited athletic shoe release sale. Police say the two groups did not know each other and the only motive known is that of aggravated robbery to gain control of another’s property.
Sgt. Jay Phares said the teen didn’t make it to the mall in time to get in line for the shoes. “This was a random act of ‘I want something that person has and I’m going to take it from them by any means’,” said Sgt. Phares.
Two juveniles with the victim are in juvenile detention. They are not charged pending further investigation. Police are investigating whether they too had weapons.
“It is tragic that someone lost their lives over tennis shoes, possibly,” said Sgt. Phares.
Phares says increased patrols already watch the mall area this time of year with all the holiday shoppers. Miami Township police patrol as well as mall officers and hired security officers on any given day.
The Miami Township Police Department is working with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, The Middletown Police Department, Dayton Mall Security and the RANGE Taskforce.