A 16-year-old boy was fatally shot at the Dayton Mall in Miami at 10 a.m. on Saturday after he allegedly tried to steal a pair of Air Jordans from a man who was able to snag a pair of the expensive, limited-edition basketball sneakers.
Jawaad Jabbar and two friends reportedly approached a male adult, who was exiting the mall with another man, and threatened them with a gun, demanding he turn over his Air Jordans, reports WHIO.
“The juvenile wasn’t able to get in line to get these shoes that were being sold and decided to try to take them from somebody who did get some shoes, with force with a firearm,” said Miami Twp. Police Sgt. Jay Phares.
But one of the victims of the robbery, who has a concealed-carry permit, reportedly drew his firearm and shot Jabbar after the teens had threatened them. Jabbar’s friends, who are 16 and 17, fled the scene. One was caught in the mall’s parking lot, while the other was arrested in Middletown, police said. Both suspects remain in Montgomery County Juvenile Intervention Center and are waiting for formal charges to be filed against them.
One of the suspect’s parents – Derrick Moore – said his son had the money to buy the sneakers and he wasn’t sure why he was involved in this incident.
“His mom and me gave him some money to go get them,” Moore said. “My son got around the wrong guy. He wasn’t brought up like this; he wasn’t raised in the streets.”
Jabbar was reportedly a sophomore at Middletown High School and was on the basketball team.
The shooter’s name has not been released. He has been questioned by police, but has not been arrested or charged with a crime. Police say that at least four adult males – ages 66, 48, 42, and 26 – witnessed the crime.