DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Mat Heck, the Montgomery County Prosecuting Attorney, announced that the office has filed a motion to try the 17-year-old accused of shooting 3 people on an RTA bus as an adult.
“The defendant showed absolutely no concern for the safety of others. There were a number of people on the bus. Elderly people on the bus, and also near by the bus, who were just going about their business wanting to be downtown going to or from where they were either shopping or having the day,” said Heck.
On January 18, the suspect began shouting out the window at people on the platform, Heck said. These people then boarded the bus and the three began fighting with their fists. The bus driver attempted to intervene, but the suspect pulled a handgun from his pocket and shot the driver in the groin.
Two others were shot in the incident and brought to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Regional Dispatch said.
Two suspects, both juveniles, were detained on East 6th Street. One suspect was charged with tampering with evidence and was released on supervised home detention. This case is still under review.
The second suspect, a 17-year-old was initially charged with felonious assault. He has now been charged with three counts of Felonious Assault with a deadly weapon, three counts of Felonious Assault with serious physical harm, one count of Carrying Concealed Weapons, and one count of Tampering with Evidence.
The motion must still wait for the discretion of the Juvenile Court before the suspect can be tried as an adult. “In the juvenile system the longest a juvenile can be incarcerated or supervised is until 21 years of age. There’s no post release control no post supervision provision after 21. They’re simply released and let loose. The defendant will turn 18 in October, meaning the longest he can be held is a little over 3 years, and that simply is not enough time for someone who’s shot three individuals,” said Heck.
The RTA has released a video of the shooting. You can watch it here. In the beginning of the video, you can hear the moment gunshots were fired followed by people running off the bus after the shooting. Another portion of the video shows a fight on the bus that police said escalated to the gunfire.