One dead, another in critical condition after shooting at Springfield apartment complex

Photo courtesy of a family friend.

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – A man is dead and a woman is in hospital after a gunman opened fire at an apartment complex in Springfield.

Neighbors say a man dressed in all black opened fire inside the apartment before escaping.

It happened at Sunset Hills Apartment, on Wednesday.

A neighbor who lives just two doors down from where the incident happened – but did not want to be identified – said she was at home when gunshots rang out.

“It feels like a bad dream to me. I ain’t never been around nothing like this,” she said.

“As soon as I heard the shots I opened my door, I stood in there until I heard the shots stop, and then when I opened the door that’s when I saw the dude who was in all-black run straight past me.”

Family identified the victim as 27-year-old Josh Brown. Police say he was shot multiple times and died in hospital.

“He was funny, outgoing, he was a cool person. He wasn’t street life, you know. He wasn’t out here just messing with people. He’s at his home. He was a good person,” his neighbor said.

Friends say a 24-year-old woman was also shot, and is still in hospital in critical condition. Police say she was shot in the head.

Friends says she’s a “caring” and “loving” mother of a young son.

Captain Michael Varner of the Springfield Police Department said officers are still working to determine who the suspect is.

“Right now, all of this is under investigation as to exactly what transpired, how long it took, and exactly what the motive was,” Varner said.

Brown’s family has set up a GoFundMe donation account to raise money for his funeral expenses. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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