Man found shot dead in mini-van

The victim was identified as 29-year-old Kareem Dickerson. He was found deceased in the van at about 5:45 a.m.

Dayton Police Sgt. Michael Pauley said police initially did not know what the motive for the shooting was and only had a vague description of two suspects from several witnesses.

Four people who were in the area told police the two possible suspects were dressed in black, wearing hooded sweatshirts. Pauley said the suspects took off on foot. He said the witnesses were cooperating with police.

It was unknown Sunday if Dickerson was driving the vehicle or parked at the time of the shooting, but he was seated in the driver’s seat. Police did not indicate how many times he was shot.

“It’s early in the investigation and the details are limited,” said Lt. Wendy Stiver on Sunday.

An initial search of the mini-van did not turn up any drugs or alcohol, Pauley said.

According to Dickerson’s Facebook page, he was a 2001 graduate of the John H. Patterson Career Center and worked as a quality control inspector for Sugar Creek Packing Company in Dayton.

His death is the 22nd homicide in Dayton this year, according to Dayton Daily News records.

Stiver said anyone with information about this homicide should call Dayton Police at (937) 333-COPS.

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