DAYTON — Police are trying to figure out why someone shot and wounded an 11-year-old boy while he was playing basketball outdoors with other children in a neighborhood south of downtown Dayton.
Police say the boy told them that a man dressed in black approached the children with another juvenile male on Sunday afternoon, then pulled out a handgun and fired. The 11-year-old was struck in the hand and groin and was taken to a hospital for treatment of the injuries, which weren’t considered life-threatening.
Sgt. Creigee Coleman tells the Dayton Daily News that it’s unclear what prompted the adult to shoot a child. Police seeking more information hope to interview the victim and other witnesses to develop a better description of a suspect and some insight on possible motives.