Dayton man shot over $30, police say


Dayton man shot over $30, police say

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Family, community reflect on Bragg Place shooting

A Dayton man was gunned down inside his apartment Wednesday night over an apparent dispute about $30 during a game of dice.

Gregory Travis Alexander, 26, of 94 Bragg Place, died at Miami Valley Hospital of gunshot wounds, the Montgomery County Coroner's Office said. He was reportedly arguing with two men at another location about a dice game and ran to the apartment. The two men chased him inside, and there was a struggle over a gun after which Alexander was shot. A friend transported him to the hospital where he died, said Dayton police Lt. Wendy Stiver.

Police did not release how many bullets were fired or whose gun was involved in the shooting. The incident marks the 12th homicide in Dayton this year.

Witnesses reported seeing a young black male without a shirt chasing Alexander with a gun, according to a 911 call. Officers identified him as 19-year-old Roemallo Taylor. He was arrested early Thursday and booked into Montgomery County Jail on a homicide charge, as well as a probation violation. He is scheduled to be arraigned today at 1:45 p.m. in Dayton Municipal Court. Stiver said police had not arrested the second suspect in the shooting as of Thursday evening.

Gregory Lucas, Alexander's father, said he only learned Thursday morning of his son's death and said the thought of burying him "is wrenching."

"He always called me 'Daddy,' ever since he was a little boy," Lucas said, wiping tears from his cheeks. "Just hearing him call me 'Daddy,' that one word and the way he said it always made me feel good.

"I love him and always did. The violence and gun play has to stop, it hurts so many families," Lucas added.

Both Alexander and Taylor have criminal records, and Alexander was shot in another dispute a few years ago, his father said. However, Lucas said his son was trying to turn his life around for his five children, getting his GED and finding work out-of-state. While he said he wants answers for why Taylor allegedly shot his son, he does not hold any ill-will against the suspect.

"I forgive him and I hope one day he understands the effect and the impact its had on our lives," Lucas said.

Police are looking for anyone with information about the shooting. Tips can be called in anonymously at (937) 222-7867.

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