Police still looking for vehicle, suspects in shooting that injured 2 teens

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Police spoke with reporters Monday about their investigation into a Sunday shooting that injured two teens.

Dayton Police Lieutenant Jason Hall said Monday they are still looking for a silver Saturn Vue in connection with the shooting. The Saturn Vue has a spare tire on the passenger rear and “heavy tint” on the windows.

Hall said both teens are in the hospital, a 16-year-old in good condition but a 15-year-old has life-threatening injuries.

Police are still working to identify and track down any suspects linked to the shooting.

Hall said Monday the incident is still under investigation but police believe this “may have been an ongoing altercation between the victims and a group of suspects.” Anyone with any information is asked to call the Dayton Police Department at 937-333-COPS or Crime Stoppers at 222-STOP.

Police were called to the 2400 block of Catalpa Drive around 12:30 p.m. Sunday on reports of a shooting that left a juvenile injured. When officers arrived on scene, they found another juvenile had also been shot, according to Sgt. Jonathan Sopczak of the Dayton Police Department.

Both juveniles were taken to Dayton Children’s Hospital. Multiple shots were fired from what appeared to be a handgun, Sopczak said.

April McCrea, a neighbor who called 911, told 2 NEWS she heard five or six gunshots. She rushed outside to help and found one of the victims unconscious down the street from her home.

“They were just children,” McCrea said. “There was no one, no adults, nobody that they knew. So I didn’t even know these kids. My heart went out for what had happened.”

One teen appeared to be shot in the neck and seriously hurt, and the other was shot in the leg, she said.

Other kids were walking with the victims at the time of the shooting, McCrea said. They told her a car pulled up, and someone inside opened fire, she added.

“They said it happened so fast, they really couldn’t see the people,” McCrea said.

According to police records, the suspect’s vehicle is described as a silver Saturn SUV with a spare wheel attached to the back.

“There are multiple witnesses that are being interviewed right now,” Sgt. Sopczak said.

Several neighbors told 2 NEWS they often see children walking up and down the street on this section of Catalpa Drive, which they describe as a typically quiet area.

“I will be probably a little bit more vigilant because I have a child as well,” McCrea said.

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