Belmont High School student killed after large fight in park
DAYTON -- We're learning more information about a 17-year-old killed Tuesday night, March 15, 2016.
The teen was shot after a large fight broke out at a Dayton park.The victim was a student at Belmont High School and according to the coroner, he lived in Trotwood.
Police said during the fight, the crowd started running from the park. The victim was going up Roxbury when shots were fired toward him and they hit him. "Gunshots, multiple, multiple gunshots," said a neighbor who wanted to be identified only as Lynn. That's what neighbors heard about 8:40 last night.
Police said there was a large fight in Residence Park and neighbors report that 50 to 75 young people were there. They started running away and police said that's when someone opened fire. That's when 17-year-old Devonta Hoskins was hit. "I'm sad about it, but I can't say I'm surprised. The whole damn city's gone crazy," said neighbor Carl Colter.
Neighbors said houses and cars were hit, like the one belonging to Lynn. "It makes me feel angry," said Lynn. "I pray for the family that lost someone but that just adds expense to me and my family for the damage that they caused to personal property," said Lynn.
And then if there's a deductible, she has to pay. "I have to pay out of pocket," said Lynn.
Carl Colter has lived in the neighborhood 50 years. "Like any other neighborhood it's got it's good and it's bad, a lot of drug dealers running through the area right now," said Colter. Colter said a lot of children go to that park to play and it bothers him that the shooting happened close by. "The kids used this park and it's active and all this dealing up and down the streets here. I figure these kids here are going to get hurt or somebody's going to get hurt sooner or later," said Colter.
"It has to stop, they need to put down the guns. It makes no sense. A young man lost his life, probably over nothing," said Lynn.
Police said someone drove Hoskins to the hospital where he later died. So far, no one has been arrested. Police ask that you to call Crime Stoppers at 937-222-7867 (222-STOP) if you have any information in this shooting death.