DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton Police met with reporters Wednesday to discuss the shooting death of a Dayton teen.
Police said the shooting that killed 14-year-old James Banks Tuesday night started out as a robbery. According to investigators, eight spent shell casings were found at the scene. They say Banks was shot six times.
Police also said Wednesday the suspect, 21-year-old Jalyn Simmons has no criminal record and they could only find a record of one traffic ticket.
Detectives are not looking for anyone else in this case.
If you missed the news conference live you can watch it here:
The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office said Wednesday the 14-year-old victim is James Banks. The Coroner told 2 NEWS an autopsy is being performed Wednesday.
Banks died at Miami Valley Hospital shortly after 10:00 p.m. Tuesday night.
2 NEWS has learned Banks was an 8th grade student at Wogaman Middle School in Dayton.
Police arrested Jalyn Simmons, 21 at his home in the 500 block of North Williams Street Wednesday morning. 2 NEWS was there when he was taken to jail.
He was taken to the Dayton Police Department Safety Building for questioning early Wednesday.
Police are still investigating after a teen is shot on Tuesday night.
Officers were called to the 3000 block of Wexford Place around 7:30 Tuesday night on a report of a shooting.
When they arrived they found a 14-year-old boy lying on the ground between two buildings with a gunshot wound.
Police say he was taken to Miami Valley Hospital with life-threatening injuries where he later died.
Dayton Public Schools released a statement Wednesday following the news.
“Dayton Public Schools extends its sincere condolences to the family of James Banks, Jr. James was an eighth-grader at Wogaman Middle School. I reached out to his family on behalf of the district, and spoke with his grandmother to share our sorrow. When violence in the community claims one of our students, it strengthens our diligence to keep students and staff safe and secure at school. Dayton schools are on spring break this week, so no children are in class, but counselors or support staff are always available to assist any student.
We urge anyone with information about the incident, to call the Dayton Police Department.”
2 NEWS spoke with family members of Banks. They say they want the violence to stop.