DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — The Montgomery County Coroner has identified 16-year-old Da’Monta Meals as the teen that died after a shooting in Dayton Monday night.
The shooting happened in the 800 block of Westwood Avenue around 11:15 p.m.
DPD Major Brian Johns confirmed that Meals was in his mothers vehicle with another 14-year-old when they got ahold of what’s believed to be a gun in her glovebox. “The gun goes off one time. The 14 year old flees the vehicle, hears one more shot. When officers get there…the victim is in the street,” said Major Johns.
Homicide detectives were also called out to the scene. Police do not have any suspects and said it is under investigation.
Major Johns, encouraging parents to preach gun safety at their homes, and lock up their firearms. “Gun safety is paramount, and gun safety begins in the home. These guns are in locations where juveniles can get ahold of them which is an issue. They’re loaded which is an issue,” said Major Johns.
The cause of Meals’ death has not been determined at this time. It’s also not been confirmed if Meals’ mom owned the weapon legally.
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