Teen in surgery after shot in head in Springfield

Springfield police are investigating a shooting on Fair Street. (Cox Media Group Ohio/archives)

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Springfield police are investigating a shooting on Fair Street. (Cox Media Group Ohio/archives)

UPDATE @ 10:52 a.m. (Aug. 4)

A Springfield teen is in surgery after he was shot in the head during a gun battle that erupted after a fight in the city.

Thaddeus James Keaton, 18, is currently in surgery at Miami Valley Hospital, said Sgt. Jeff Flores, of Springfield police.

Keaton’s injuries are considered life-threatening, police said.

Police received several calls around 10:45 p.m. Wednesday night on shots fired, Flores said. Officers near the area on other calls also heard the shots.

A get together at a home in the 500 block of Fair Street on the south side of the city turned violent after a dispute happened between some of the people at the party, Flores said.

The exact number of shots fired is still unknown, he said, but “there was a lot of gun casings collected.”

From casings at the scene, at least four different guns were used when shots were fired in front of the home and in the street, detectives said.

Investigators are still trying to determine if the victim was also one of the shooters.

Police have talked to some witnesses but are seeking more to interview, Flores said.

“It’s been an ongoing dispute between a couple groups of people,” Flores said of what led to the gun violence.

Anyone with information in the shooting can call Springfield police at 937-324-7685.


Police are investigating after a man was shot in the head in Springfield Wednesday night.

The shooting happened in the 500 block of Fair Street around 10:45 p.m. Police responded to the area on a report of shots fired.

One person was found with a gunshot wound the the head, police said. The victim was transported to Springfield Regional Medical Center and then transported by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital.

Additional information is expected to be released in the morning.

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