DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The police investigation into the deadly shooting of 13-month-old Elijah Johnson is underway, but the community says enough is enough…a little boy is dead… and the violence has to stop.
“For me, it is very sad and I’m very concerned because it seems to be easier to get a gun than a cell phone,” Omega Street Advocate Supervisor Marlon Shackelford said. “It seems like a lot of people like that quote on quote street life are playing Russian roulette with our community.”
Powerful reaction from community members fed up with the violence. A 13-month-old boy, Elijah Johnson, shot and killed on Arlene Avenue Thursday in Dayton.
We now know a 25-year-old man was the target of that shooting, an older woman was also hit.
“And the community in general should just be outraged again with a young child or any loss of child we should be outraged.”
Late Friday, Dayton Police learned new information about who may be responsible for Elijah’s death.
Dayton Police Lt. Eric Henderson says they acted on that information and conducted a traffic stop. The suspect vehicle fled. Police gave chase and caught the suspects.
“The information we received was that one individual was armed,” Henderson said. “We recovered a firearm close to the vehicle.”
No word on whether that gun was used in Thursday’s shooting. Police took two men into custody — they say one is considered a suspect, the other a person of interest. Police also say they recovered marijuana and a large amount of cash in the vehicle used by one of the victim’s Thursday night.
“Obviously, any type of homicide is a very serious crime especially when one involves a defense less child,” Henderson said. “It raises everyone’s interest.”
Just 15 days into the new year, Thursday’s homicide marks Dayton’s first for 2016. And it’s a heavy one — the death of a child. Omega Street Advocate Marlon Shackelford says the senseless violence needs to stop, and it starts with the community.
“When it’s police brutality, were out with 7, 8-thousand people. A little boy gets killed, it’s hard to get 1-hundred people and I think that’s a contradiction,” Shackelford said. “I think that we have a role that we have to take back our community and it’s not going to start on Facebook. It’s going to start by us getting back out here and looking at prevention. They say prevention means it stop before it starts.”