It all started with a man striking another man in the head with a pool cue at the Glass Hat bar in Dayton, Ohio over the weekend. That bar fight somehow led to a gunfight, killing 20-year-old babysitter Taylor Brandenburg who was walking nearby.
According to Dayton Daily News, a bar patron called 911 to explain that the pool cue bar fight had escalated to a state of chaos in the wee Sunday hours: there was blood “everywhere” and people outside of the bar were threatening to shoot the people inside the establishment. Allegedly two sets of vehicles (one of which belonged to the 911 caller) drove past the bar a little after 3 a.m. and somebody from the bar allegedly opened fire, firing multiple rounds in the vehicles’ direction. Brandenburg left the residence she was babysitting to see what all the commotion was about. It was then that she got shot. Her cousin called 911, according Dayton Daily News, describing a drive-by situation and requested an ambulance.
Brandenburg died of multiple gunshot wounds, and the Dayton police called her a “true victim.”
Neighbor Dennis Gray woke up to the sound of gunfire which he described as either multiple shooters or a single shooter unloading a large clip. “I really feel for her (Brandenburg), feel for the family in that regard,” he told Dayton Daily News.
“Innocent lives shouldn’t be taken that way, by any means.” A vigil for Brandenburg was held Sunday night nearby the shooting’s location.
Montgomery County Jail officials confirmed Monday that Chuckie Lee, 38, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated murder. Also arrested was 36-year-old Evans Cassell III for the pool cue strike, which had caused “severe harm” according to Dayton Daily News. A rigged game of pool was likely not the instigator for the shooting. Likely, and unsurprisingly, it was probably over money.
“From best we can tell, it was over a money issue. Somebody owed somebody money,” Dayton police Lt. Andrew Booher said to Dayton Daily News. “It resulted in a verbal altercation and then a fight after that.”