Daytona teen shot in head has died; violence march planned for March 16

BY ANDREAS BUTLER                                                                                       

DAYTONA TIMES                                                                                      

Jiron Dent, the Daytona Beach teenager who was shot in the head on Tuesday, has died. The 17-year-old was a passenger in a stolen car in the Madison Heights subdivision when shot, according to Daytona Beach officers.

Dent died Thursday from his injuries and two suspects in the case have now been charged with first-degree murder.

After the shooting on Tuesday, Dent’s family issued a plea to young people “to stop the violence.’’


The Daytona Times learned on Friday that a violence march protest is being planned for March 16. City Commissioner Patrick Henry is one of the organizers and parents of teens that have been shot are planning to march and speak.

Dent was related to a young Black man – Rayshard Mitchell – who died from a gunshot wound in December.

Here’s what happened in the Dent case, according to police:

Shortly after noon on Tuesday, police responded to a 911 call in reference to gunshots.

At the scene, they found Dent bleeding profusely on the passenger side of a Red Ford 500 from a gunshot wound to the head. The teen was unresponsive and unconscious and taken to Halifax Medical Center.

The shooting took place on Florida Street at the intersection of Phillips Street near Georgia Street.


Four suspects

Reports indicate that the vehicle was being trailed by a gray Dodge Charger. Both vehicles were reported stolen, according to police reports.

Police say the occupants of the Charger fired upon the Ford. One of the occupants ran out of the vehicle and headed southward on Heineman Street.

Two of the occupants of the vehicle were caught shortly by the Daytona Beach Police Department (DBPD) and a third suspect was found later hiding under a house in the area.

George Green, Jr., Justin Nelson and Tijuan Isaac were all arrested.

Green, 18, was charged with grand theft auto and resisting arrest without violence. Green also had warrants for failure to appear in reference to battery, grand theft and burglary.

Nelson 22, was charged with motor vehicle grand theft and violation of probation.

Isaac, 18, was identified as the shooter, according to police reports. He was initially charged with aggravated battery on a person with use of a deadly weapon. Isaac also was charged with trespassing, possession of cocaine and possession of cannabis under 20 grams. The battery charge has now been changed to first-degree premeditated murder.

Police arrested a fourth suspect, Enrique Chapman, on Tuesday afternoon. He now has been charged as well with first-degree premeditated murder.

Arguing about car

Police reports indicate that Chapman was the original driver of the gray Dodge but got out shortly after the shooting to get another vehicle.

According to reports, the occupants of the Dodge (Isaac, Green, Nelson, Chapman) were arguing with the occupants of the Red Ford 500 (Dent and John Headon) over ownership of the Ford.

Reports say that the Ford then pulled off but was followed by the Dodge. The drive of the Dodge pulled next to the Ford and began to fire shots at it.

One resident at the scene who wished not to be identified told the Daytona Times, “The two vehicles were trailing each other and one opened fire on the other. I believe that I heard seven or eight shots. One of the guys ran out of the second vehicle. This neighborhood isn’t really violent but every now and then we have riffraff that comes here and does something.”


‘Ordinary kid’

Community activist Norma Bland, who was serving as a spokesperson for the family of the shooting victim, said earlier this week.

“He is someone’s child. He is an ordinary kid like everyone else. He is just a victim of a tragic incident,” said Bland.

Dent is the cousin of Rayshard Mitchell, a 23-year-old who was found dead from a gunshot wound on Verdell Street back in December.

“We do not think that this shooting is related to that earlier shooting,” stated DBPD spokesman Jimmy Flynt.

Added, Bland, “The family is just devastated and saddened by these events. The family is also asking for young people to please stop the violence.’’





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