Police: 4 children unharmed after being shot at inside vehicle

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  Police are now working to track down an ex-boyfriend who they say shot at his ex-girlfriend’s vehicle while her children were inside. Two toddlers, a 7-year-old and a 14-year-old were unharmed. Authorities say the family is still shaken-up and so are neighbors in and around that area.

“We do value our neighbors and the neighborhood,” resident Pearl Howard said. “And nothing like this has happened before.”

Howard has lived in the same home for the last 50 years. Never, she says, have shots been fired just feet from her home. Neighbors say they heard as many as 3 or 4 loud guns shots. It happened around 5:30 Monday night in the 46-hundred block of West 2nd Street.

“Witnesses told them that a male was firing into a dark colored SUV,” Sgt. Andrew Zecchini said. “At about the time the SUV pulls up at Good Samaritan Hospital.”

The mom in the SUV initially thought one of her children was shot, but that turned out not to be the case.  The children were checked out by doctors and then released. Police say shell casings were found at the scene.

“Our forensic evidence technician came to the scene, processed her vehicle,” Sgt. Zecchini said. “Tried to recover some evidence out of that. We did find some evidence at second and Elmhurst back at the scene.”

That’s where neighbors are still puzzled as to how this happened. Police were called to the intersection of West 2nd Street and Elmhurst Road Monday evening on a report of shots fired at a car.

Howard says children are often seen playing in the same area where the shots were fired.

“It makes me want to cry,” Howard said. “To me, if it has happened once, it has happened too many times. This has happened more than once. Lord, just help us all. It really brings tears to my eyes.”


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