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Victim, suspect in West Liberty school shooting are both students

A look at gun violence in 2013

City of Dayton has already seen several homicides this year

This timeline features a look at gun violence in the City of Dayton so far in 2013.

Jan. 1: The first gun death of the year comes within hours of ringing in 2013. Bradlee Thompson, 30, is shot to death at about 3:30 a.m. inside a house on Hulbert Street. Police identify one of the residents as the suspected shooter and later rule the death a justifiable homicide committed in self-defense.

Jan. 21: Police say one person was shot and another pistol whipped on Martin Luther King Day while sitting in a car outside an apartment building with a drug history on Xenia Avenue.

Jan. 26-27: Six shooting incidents are reported on Dayton’s northwest side in less than 48 hours. Two people are grazed by bullets and several houses are fired into.

Jan. 31: The residence at 4000 Prescott Avenue is shot into twice in one day. During the second shooting, 20-year-old Matthew Anderson is struck and dies in his car several blocks away. A house on Lindenwood Road is shot into the same night while an 81-year-old woman is inside washing dishes.

Feb. 1-4: Police respond to eight separate instances of shots being fired leaving four people injured.

Feb. 17: Several shots were fired into a sleeping toddler’s bedroom at the Northcrest Gardens Apartments at about 11:45 p.m.

Feb. 18: At least two houses were hit by gunfire Monday morning when several witnesses reported someone shooting from a white vehicle in the area of Catalpa Drive and Cambridge Avenue. Police said these were unrelated to feuding groups.

Feb. 19: Four residences were hit in what appears to be two separate shooting incidents Tuesday afternoon and evening. Both occurred on Dayton’s near northwest side in the Princeton Heights/University Row area. No one was hurt, according to police reports.

Feb. 19-20: Three people are killed by gunfire and another two injured in less than 27 hours. Jillian Miles, 27, was found shot to death at her home on Parkwood Avenue Tuesday evening. The next day, 95-year-old Oscar Beason was found dead at the bottom of his basement stairs at 1544 Hochwalt Ave. He had reportedly been shot multiple times and may have been killed on Feb. 17. That evening, 29-year-old Jason Rutledge was shot on Ravenwood Ave. and died at Good Samaritan Hospital.

Feb. 22: Charles Black, Jr., 26, was shot to death when someone fired multiple shots into a car at Philadelphia Drive and West Riverview Avenue.

Feb. 24: Two teenage girls were shot on at 2512 Home Ave. One of them, 13-year-old Briona Rodgers was confirmed dead Monday morning. The other was last reported in critical condition. Police are looking for the suspect and believe they know his relation to the victims.

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