Five people were shot and one killed in three separate Dayton shootings Tuesday night.
There is no evidence the shootings are related, said Lt. Wendy Stiver of the Dayton police department.
Although there were three shootings in one night, Stiver said there was no cause for concern.
“I don’t think there’s any reason to be concerned about one night, one narrow period of time,” she said.
Catherine Crosby, executive director of the Dayton Human Relations Council, said the gun violence Tuesday was not indicative of a higher rate of crime and that Dayton citizens should not be worried.
“When they see gun violence back to back to back, they assume that the numbers are up,” Crosby said. “But really the numbers are down.”
Homicides are down in the city, but injuries from gun violence are up.
Between Jan. 1, 2014 and July 1, 2014, 17 homicides and 50 gun violence crimes with injuries were reported. In the same time period in 2015, 11 homicides and 59 gun violence crimes with injuries occurred, according to records requested from the Dayton Police.
In the fatal shooting, Damarcus Buress, 25, was shot and killed on North Delmar Avenue on Tuesday just before 9 p.m. Stiver said two suspects entered a vehicle with the victim and a female passenger inside. They had some kind of interaction and one of the two suspects fired a single shot with a handgun as the two exited the vehicle, Stiver said.
Stiver said police had at least two people who could be connected to the shooting in custody for unrelated charges.
She added there was no indication the shooting was gang related.
Police are also looking for a male suspect in the shooting of two males on Pointview Avenue at around 5:30 p.m Tuesday. Both victims were taken to Miami Valley Hospital.
Finally, at about 10:15 p.m. a shooter, described as a man in black clothing, walked into the Express Mart located at 2050 N. Gettysburg Ave. and shot two of the employees at the store with a semiautomatic pistol. The first victim shot back at the shooter.
The victims were taken to the hospital with nonlethal wounds Tuesday night.
The reason for the shooting is unclear, Stiver said. Nothing was taken from the store.
“It’s entirely possible that it could have been a planned robbery that was interrupted,” Stiver said.
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