Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office deputies investigated a homicide early Sunday morning near Daleview Avenue in Harrison Twp.
Photo: FILE PHOTO/Staff
Photo: FILE PHOTO/Staff

Harrison Twp.’s deadly Sunday: 2 killed in separate shootings

Two young men died in separate shootings Sunday in Harrison Twp., one man a passenger in a car that returned to someone’s 16th birthday party, according to Montgomery County Sheriff Rob Streck.

The sheriff said there are leads in both homicide cases.

Jonte S. Tinsley, 18, died early Sunday morning at Grandview Hospital, according to a release from the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. Tinsley was a Meadowdale High School graduate who played football at Ohio Dominican University.

Late Sunday night, Kevin L. Snowden, 23, died after being shot in front of his residence on Gant Drive in Creekside Homes, previously known as Northland Village Apartments.

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Tinsley’s older brother Jejuan, said his younger brother got in a scuffle with others after they talked to some girls. Jejuan drove the car from the party of about 80 to 100 people.

When they drove back to pick up a friend, Jejuan said another male pulled a gun.

“They started shooting at the car,” Jejuan said. “I looked over and he was just laying there.”

Jejuan said the person who pulled the trigger “made a dumb decision” and that his brother was a people person who was “just trying to have fun.”

Streck said Tinsley was pronounced dead at Grandview Hospital after a 1 a.m. Sunday shooting in the 4100 block of Daleview Avenue. Streck said Tinsley was shot in the neck.

Streck said a juvenile is a strong person of interest.

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“The witnesses on the scene really don’t know why shots rang out all of a sudden,” Streck said. “So our person of interest hopefully can answer those questions for us.”

A 911 caller told a dispatcher that there were at least 100 people in the street, some yelling at the caller.

“There’s been shots fired up the street,” the caller said. “It started out as a party, I guess, I don’t know. But I’m pretty (expletive) nervous. I’ve literally have bullets whizzing past me. I’m not kidding.”

Streck said most of the people were teens and that an argument started.

“A small scuffle, as we were told, should not end up in gunfire to where somebody is now deceased,” Streck said.

“This whole block was filled with police officers. It was crazy. Everybody was out here,” said Shyanna Taube, who was near the scene. “It’s sad.”

The driver of the car carrying Tinsley drove away and saw an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper, who notified other law enforcement.

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Gant Drive shooting

Streck said at about 11 p.m. Sunday, deputies were dispatched to Gant Drive and found Snowden, who had been shot and was pronounced dead by paramedics.

“He was deceased there on the scene,” Streck said. “As that investigation started, we called in more troops to help out there.”

Streck said many people were upset and angry after the homicide, but newer surveillance cameras recently installed in the apartment complex mean that “we’ve got some pretty good leads that we’re following up.”

A 911 caller told a dispatcher, “Somebody just got shot,” and was crying and screaming, “Gant Drive!”

Later in the call, a male voice can be heard saying, “Anybody witness it?”

The sheriff said more shots were fired by people who apparently thought a vehicle looked like a suspect’s car. That shooting happened as investigators were on scene.

“Luckily, no one was struck by bullets,” Streck said.

On June 4, a 14-year-old boy was shot in the knee after he and another person exchanged gunfire near Creekside Homes.

The sheriff said only people who have a reason will be allowed in the apartment complex. Streck said that others will be trespassed under a “zero tolerance” policy, and patrols will be increased.

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