“It brings back memories,” Pinson said. “We’re living it over and over.”
Jones and Pinson said they can’t stand to be in large crowds after what happened.
If they do go out somewhere, they tend to come straight home because that is where they feel the safest.
“Every time I go somewhere, I feel like something is going to happen again. We’re afraid to do things. We’re going to be stuck with this feeling,” Pinson said. “It might be for life. It might be short term, long term. Who knows?”
A month later, Jones hopes Dayton and the country as a whole can “pull together.”
“We just need to come together and be a family,” Jones said. “There we are, Dayton strong.”
“It’s pretty amazing that we reclaimed that space by 8 p.m. that night,” Whaley said.
Now, Whaley said, she’d like to see “common-sense” gun legislation in the Ohio Legislature and Congress.
“That call to ‘do something,’ we’re going to work to get action on common-sense gun legislation,” Whaley said.
Dayton Police declined to comment on their investigation into the shooting as it is ongoing. Chief Richard Biehl did say that the past few weeks have demonstrated the importance of investing in preventative measures, pointing to several arrests around the country of young men who made threats to carry out shootings.