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Local law enforcement and the Bureau of Criminal Investigations responded to a shooting on S. High Street that was reported around 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 14. (Photo by Matt Minde)

BREAKING | Reported shooting on S. High Street in Yellow Springs

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Around 7:45 p.m., on Thursday, March 14, a shooting was reported on the 600 block of South High Street. 

At 7:58 p.m., a signal 99 was issued through local dispatch — the signal meaning that a police officer is in danger and needs assistance — spurring local law enforcement from surrounding jurisdictions to rush to the scene. 

Law enforcement units from Beavercreek, Central State, Fairborn, Xenia, Greene County Sheriff’s Office, and others, along with a medical squad from Miami Township Fire-Rescue, joined the Yellow Springs Police Department on the scene. 

In a statement to the Yellow Springs News, YS Village Manager Johnnie Burns said at 9:35 p.m. that the surrounding area was being treated as an active crime scene under investigation by the Bureau of Criminal Investigations. 

Burns said he “could not confirm or deny” any injuries or fatalities in connection with the reported shooting, but that a combined statement from the Village and local law enforcement will be issued tomorrow. 

At the time of reporting, a perimeter had been established around portions of South High, West Whiteman, Phillips and West North College streets, and those streets were closed to traffic. 

The News will continue its coverage of the reported shooting as more information is made available. 

Law enforcement officials cordoned off the area and set up tents against the storm to keep investigators dry. (Photo by Matt MInde)

Law enforcement officials cordoned off the area and set up tents against the rain to keep investigators dry. (Photo by Matt MInde)

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11 Responses to “BREAKING | Reported shooting on S. High Street in Yellow Springs”

  1. B Shrewsberry-Commonstock says:

    small town; big crowds ~ policing tourist destinations training might need to be updated? YS has outgrown its knickers.

    very sorry for your loss

  2. Tea says:

    “Burge said on Monday that, although a suspect had not been apprehended Thursday night, she and other law enforcement, including BCI, determined that neighboring residents were not in danger.”

    If we could read a criminal’s mind, there’d probably be little need of law enforcement; however, since we cannot it would be nice to know if someone who has committed a felony is out and about and possibly armed, even if a name or physical details are excluded. I was in Yellow Springs Saturday because it wasn’t clear that there had been a murder. It read as if it was an assault and no urgency was mandated for the general public to be on alert. Yellow Springs does not seem well prepared to handle violent crime. Anyone may have brushed shoulders with this assailant unawares. BCI and other investigative agencies probably need to investigate whether YSPD is prepared to serve and protect public safety or if perhaps Greene County Sheriff would better serve in a response. I am glad no one else was hurt, but the thought of what could have happened is disturbing. Please sort this mess and let visitors know that their safety is important, too. Condolences to friends, family and neighbors of the victim. We have friends on that street, too. God Bless.

  3. Odd Thomas says:

    Usually, when there is a shooting around Yellow Springs media is quick to assure the public it didn’t involve Dave Chappelle; can you at least tell us if he is “OK,” like the media usually does for fans? Also, can you tell us the condition of the assaulted?

  4. Darth Vader says:

    It is especially important for tourist communities to be open with the public when there is a possible threat to safety because visitors in buildings are unfamiliar with exits and active shooter protocols. You cannot claim to be a peaceful, loving community at the sake of common sense and safety for your fellow. Peace & Love might work as a logo to sell a novelty craft item, but it’s hard to hide behind if someone is armed and dangerous. Take this issue up with council meetings and please try to do better for all concerned. Some buildings are older and only have one exit if there would be an incident; that needs to be taken into account as well. Thank you for reading.

  5. Rogue Blogger says:

    WHIO TV news webpage does allow commenting on articles now if locals and others want to vent there.

    The time to say someone is armed and dangerous would seem to be prior to the apprehension when they would be rendered unarmed. Hmmmm….but I’m not from around here, so I don’t know how it works in Ohio.

  6. Visitor says:

    So little was said about this incident–not even if someone was shot or if it was another fight–that one can probably assume that the assailant is probably a relative to some local celeb. YS apparently did not care enough about visitors to even mention a possible armed person was on the loose. That’s tourism. Thanks Yellow Town!

  7. Constance Ham says:

    I’ve lived in Yellow Springs for many years. The shooting on Thursday evening is still a mystery. The police won’t tell us anything. The news isn’t telling us anything. The case was sent to BCI in Columbus? That sounds serious. We, who live in the community, deserve an explanation. At least tell us there is not danger to the citizens.

  8. Constance Ham says:

    I have been waiting for an update. This seems very strange indeed. We haven’t even been told if there is no danger to the community. Just nothing. Secrecy only makes the imagination increase. At the least, tell us we are safe & that there will be a real update soon. Waiting.

  9. Sharon R.K. Chenoweth says:

    It bothers me that people seem to be more upset about there being no purple unicorns roaming freely around Yellow Springs than they are about the possible reality that a person or people may be dead! Yellow Springs is still a close-knit community, trying to preserve a lifestyle of peace & love. We are all human, & we should all be grieving about such tragedies. The striving for a lifestyle of peace & love is always a work in progress. Sadly, no one ever said there’d be no tears or tragedies. My heart goes out to the people of Yellow Springs. Prayers & Blessings!

  10. Barbarajean says:

    My heart always breaks when I hear of this level of violence in Yellow Springs. Everyone wants to believe in a fantasy village of peacefulness on Earth; apparently, it’s not Yellow Springs.

    Sincere Condolences, once again, to the friends, family and Village.

  11. Jeremiah says:

    Little confused on this situation. Heavy police response including a code 99 sending police flying down Route 68 North from Xenia to YS, to what was described as a fatality on the Police Scanner on 68 via a shooting…to a YS politician saying they’d have more info in the morning and can’t confirm or deny a fatality? Also, I don’t believe I saw word of the police department saying not to worry about the threat of any shooter? I can understand if maybe the Tornados North of there took everyone’s attention, but this situation seemed to not be handled rightly from a communication or public relations standpoint initially.

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