DAYTON (WDTN) - Wednesday afternoon family and friends of 29 year-old Rodney Frost gathered outside the Valerie Arms apartment where he was gunned down just after midnight.
Investigators said Frost, his girlfriend and her young child were walking up to the building when the gunman started shooting. Frost's girlfriend ran for cover and called 911.
She told dispatcher she heard a loud shot, turned around and saw Frost lying on the ground.
Investigators said they still don't know why the gunman targeted Frost, but they have ruled out robbery. "It was a killing," said Sgt. Richard Blommel with the Dayton Police Department Homicide Squad.
In fact, it appears the shooter had been standing post, waiting to strike for some time.
2 NEWS obtained a 911 recording from Regional Dispatch that showed a call came in at 10:09, more than 2 hours before deadly ambush alerting officials of a suspicious person in the area.
The caller told dispatcher the man had been hanging around the building breeze way for the last 15 minutes. 2 NEWS checked and dispatch records reveal, Dayton Police crews responded to that call at 10:32 p.m. They were on scene until 10:52 p.m.
Officials said during the 20 minutes they were there. officers talked to neighbors, but never located the "strange man".
Sgt. Blommel said so far his detectives have not been able to confirm the suspicious person, is the same man who pulled the trigger, but he said it is likely.
If that is the case, he said the cooperation of the residents will be key to putting the shooter behind bars. "If it comes down to an actual physical identification, their willingness to come forward, their ability to identify him in a photo spread".
If you have any information on the shooting death of Rodney Frost call Crime Stoppers at 222-7867.
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