Editor’s note: Jiron Dent, the young man highlighted in this story has since died. See update of story here.
BY ANDREAS BUTLER
An argument over a stolen vehicle left a teenager critically wounded in the Madison Heights subdivision of Daytona Beach on Tuesday afternoon.
While Jiron Dent, 17, lies in a local hospital bed from a shotgun wound to his head, his family has issued a plea to young people “to stop the violence.’’
The teen is related to a young Black man – Rayshard Mitchell – who died from a gunshot wound in December.
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. He was listed in grave condition.
The shooting took place on Florida Street at the intersection of Phillips Street near Georgia Street.
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. A sheriff’s helicopter and canine dogs aided in the search and capture of the third suspect. A gun also was found and recovered 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 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.
Police arrested a fourth suspect, Enrique Chapman, on Tuesday afternoon.
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.
“We have taken Mr. Chapman into custody on Wednesday afternoon. We now have all four suspects in custody,” confirmed Flynt.
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 driver 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.”
Community activist Norma Bland is serving as a spokesperson for the family of the shooting victim.
“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 calling for anyone with information in regards to this shooting as well Rayshard’s murder to please come forward with information to the Daytona Beach Police Department. The family does not know if the incidents are connected.
“The family is just devastated and saddened by these events. The family is also asking for young people to please stop the violence.’’
Dent’s family plans to hold a press conference soon to discuss the shooting, Bland said.