Dayton, Ohio – The Dayton Police Department has launched an investigation into the fatal shooting of two women early Sunday morning near a Dayton gas station.
At about 4:53 in the morning, officers from the Dayton Police Department were rushed to the Shell gas station located at the intersection of North Gettysburg Avenue and West Third Street in response to a panic alarm that was sent to the emergency center by a security company.
When the police came, they discovered two women who had been shot inside a black Suburban that had been parked nearby. It was confirmed by Maj. Brian Johns on Monday morning that both women, aged 44 and 38, had died.
“This is probably one of the most brutal murders that I’ve seen in my time at Dayton PD, which is over 30 years,” Johns said. “The callousness was just shocking to the body and your mind.”
Both of the women were discovered sitting in the front passenger and driver seats of the SUV that was parked at one of the gas pumps. According to Johns, it seemed as if there had been some type of “disturbance” inside the SUV prior to the shooting.
The suspect, described as a man wearing all black and a purple baseball hat, got out of the back seat of the SUV and ran from the scene. Police believe the suspect rode with the women to the gas station. Johns said that while police were called just before 5 a.m., the shooting appeared to have happened a couple hours earlier, around 2 a.m. Police believe the victims had been to a club prior to the shooting.
There were three other vehicles in the parking lot at the time of the shooting. Johns said none of the people in those vehicles called police, and one drove away from the scene. Dayton Police are asking any of those people to contact them regarding this shooting. Police said Monday that the attendant at the gas station didn’t set off the silent alarm until they saw someone over by the victim’s SUV hours later.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Dayton Police at 937-333-COPS (2677).