Since word of a shooting at the Dayton Mall hit twitter, on Saturday, we have been following the story gathering details about the incident, but have waited for a formal release of information from the Police. Out of the respect for the family of the teen who was shot, we withheld running the story until the family was notified and that the Police released the information to the public. Out of respect for the teen killed and his family, we will not run any of the photos we received from the incident either.
Police in Miami Township, in Montgomery County Ohio, said Jawaad Jabbar known by friends as “JJ”, age 16, was at the Dayton Mall Saturday with other teens attempting to get a pair of the Air Jordan 11 “Legend Blue” that went on sale Saturday morning.
When Jabbar failed to get in line in time to get a pair of shoes, police said, he decided to rob someone who had the shoes. He approached two men just outside the mall and showed a gun according to eye witness accounts, police said.
Sgt. Jay Phares said that one of the men Jabbar tried to rob also had a handgun, which he pulled out and fired one time. Jabbar was hit by the bullet and was pronounced dead a short time later.
The other two teens fled the scene but were later apprehended by the police and are being held in juvenile detention in Dayton. Phares said it’s too soon to say what charges could be brought.
Police have been in contact with and interviewed the victim of the attempted robbery who is a legal CCW license holder. No charges have been filed against him and his identity has not been revealed. The eye witnesses of the crime have also had their identity kept anonymous from public reports.
This is unfortunate news to hear that a shoe would be so highly sought after that one would consider an act of crime like this to obtain a pair of shoes.