Suspect in custody in shooting death of 13-month-old

Dayton Police say they have one person in custody in connection with a triple shooting Thursday. (WDTN Photo/Beairshelle Edmé)
Dayton Police say they have one person in custody in connection with a triple shooting Thursday. (WDTN Photo/Beairshelle Edmé)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Dayton police tell 2 NEWS at least two men are in custody in connection with Thursday’s triple shooting that led to the death of a toddler. One is being held as a suspect, another as a person of interest, this after authorities received tips from citizens to be on the lookout for a silver, gray Pontiac.

The arrest was made Friday afternoon, following a high-speed chase on State Route 49, lasting at least 15 minutes. Police say the pursuit involved several agencies and ultimately moved to a residential area, where the chase slowed down. The driver of the car could not make a quick turn and that is when the chase ended near Anna Street and Oakridge Drive. Police were not able to provide any more details on the identities of the two men who were apprehended.

The shooting happened just before 4:30 p.m. on Thursday in the 1900 block of Arlene Avenue. Before officers arrived on scene, one of the victims, a 63-year-old woman, drove the 13-month-old boy and a 25-year-old man to Good Samaritan Hospital.

Police believe the 25-year-old was the target of the shooting. Witnesses reported seeing him carrying the toddler in his arms when he exchanged gunfire with the people inside a 2007 black Chevrolet Impala.

The Montgomery County Coroner identified the 13-month-old as Elijah Johnson and confirmed that he died overnight.

The 63-year-old woman is an employee for the City of Dayton. When police searched the car she used to drop off Elijah and the other victim, they found marijuana and a large amount of cash.

2 NEWS will continue to follow the developments of the investigation.

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