Dayton Police homicide detectives were called to investigate three separate shootings in less than 24 hours this weekend which left two people dead and two others injured.
The city's homicide total is now 26 in 2013 including two deadly shootings that were ruled justifiable and one individual who was shot by police. In 2012 there were 28 homicides recorded in Dayton.
A Michigan man was shot to death during a home invasion in the 1400 block of Leo Street at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. Two men knocked on the door and entered the apartment. One of the men was armed with a handgun and shot 42-year-old Allen R. Lindenman.
At about 2:15 p.m. Sunday detectives were called to the 200 block of Boyer Street where an 18-year-old was found shot to death in a yard. That victim was identified Monday as Brandon Shells Jr. According to police reports he may have been shot sometime Saturday night.
Two men were injured by gunfire, one critically, an apartment building in the 2000 block of Emerson Avenue at about 7:15 p.m. Sunday. Keith Higgins, 22, was rushed from the scene to Miami Valley Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. He was in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit on Monday, according to police. A second victim, 24, showed up at Good Samaritan Hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the shoulder. No suspects have been identified, but police said narcotics were found at the scene and a drug deal may have been involved.
Shots were also fired in the 300 block of Harriet Street late Sunday night. No one was injured when someone fired multiple shots from an AK-47 into a parked vehicle. Police arrested a suspect, 26-year-old Gregory Daniel, when he crashed his car on U.S. 35 shortly after the shooting. The gun was recovered from the roadway.
"It was obviously a very violent 48-hour weekend," said Dayton Police Sgt. Richard Blommel, head of the homicide unit. He said none of these incidents are related.