|Isiah Haggins, Jr. was gunned down after a botched robbery.|
There's a story building national attention over in the rust belt city of Dayton, Ohio. My community has experienced the homicide rate of 14 so far this year. It's a growing trend for a city that is declining in population and the lack of resources causes people to commit crime.
Yesterday, two teenagers tried to rob a clerk at a local hip-hop clothing store. Apparently they thought this would be an easy grab. They thought wrong and one of those teens paid the price. One teen was gunned down after the clerk (who turned out to be the owner) put a slug in him.
The other teen is on the loose and probably on the verge of giving up knowing that his friend is dead. Of course the family of the deceased will immediately single him out for responsibility.
The state of Ohio has the castle doctrine. That means that if you're a homeowner or business owner, you can use deadly force with a firearm if the perpetrator has threaten your life or property.
|Teens tried to rob owner of his properties. The owner puts a slug in one of them.|
He and the other guy went into the Step-N-Style at the Northwest Plaza to rob the owner and shoppers.
The owner who has previously been robbed of his properties decided to get a firearm. He felt that being in an isolated shopping center with limited security prompted him to be gun owner. The teens enter the store with masks over their faces demanding the money. They didn't see the owner was trigger-ready.
They get into a confrontation and the gun goes off and Haggins drops. He would die later at the scene.
The accomplice would be shocked to see his friend drop exits the store.
The owner who's name wasn't released will probably not face charges. If the junk food media releases his name, the possibility of death threats and retaliation could follow.
The other guy will likely be charged with the teen's murder. Even though the other guy didn't fire a gun, his actions promoted a deadly confrontation. Murder and the aggregated assault charge will likely stand.
The Dayton Police and Montgomery County sheriff are investigating this incident.
Okay, I checked out the profile of the deceased teen. I seen that he's was invested in a hip-hop career and has a whole lot of friends online.
|The negative outweighs the good.|
The Dayton Daily News reports that Haggins family demands answers to why the business owner did such a thing to their child.
Haggins grandmother, Kay Haggins, said today that the family just wants wants answers.
"We just want answers ... want to know what happened. where he was shot." she said. "Was it self-defense? Because it's their word and he's not here to speak for himself. We are just going by what he said. I just want to know how my grandchild died."
The owner's 911 call was released through the junk food media.
"Somebody just tried to rob my store and I killed one of them," a caller told a 911 dispatcher. "I shot him. He had a gun."
The police conducted an interview with the owner and another customer. They said that both teens were in the store to rob and the reaction to use deadly force was justified.
Police plan to review surveillance videos from the store and from other cameras in the shopping center as part of their investigation.
The Dayton Daily News also added that several unidentified people who arrived at the scene cried and hugged after police allowed them to identify the body. Officers did not say if they were the victim's relatives.
Likely they were. After all someone tipped them off to the death of the teen.
The armed robberies in recent years have forced store owners and employees to install security cameras and carry guns, police said.