Two people were injured in a shooting on a busy thoroughfare near the
Dayton Mall Thursday afternoon as FBI agents were conducting an investigation.
The shooting occurred shortly before 3 p.m. as Federal Bureau of Investigation special agents were conducting an investigation near the Beverage Palace, 8900 block of Kingsridge Drive. The FBI released a statement indicating three subjects of the investigation were arrested, and two of them suffered gunshot wounds.
FBI spokesman Todd Lindgren said further details about what happened are not being released at this time, including whether FBI agents discharged their weapons or the nature of the investigation.
"By protocol, an independent review team from FBI Headquarters will conduct an investigation," according to the statement. "Miami Township Police and the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office will also be investigating this incident which occurred in their jurisdictions."
Kingsridge Drive was blocked for several hours as officers from multiple jurisdictions, including the FBI, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, Dayton, Miami Twp. and Miamisburg police, remained on scene.
Several undercover officers were there and authorities requested that news crews not photograph the faces of the officers, as that could jeopardize ongoing investigations.
Those who were near the location at the time told News Center 7 they saw police responding, then heard gunfire.
Local resident Rachel Sorice said that she was driving by the location when she saw police vehicles approaching.
"The next thing you heard was, 'FBI. Get down!' Then I heard four shots. Boom boom boom boom! And that was it," according to Sorice.
The identities of those injured were not released and their conditions were not available.
The incident comes on the heels of recent arrests as part of a heroin trafficking investigation around the Dayton Mall area. It is unclear whether Thursday's shooting is related to that investigation.
The recent criminal activity hitting headlines concerns Bree Gullette, a resident who said she grew up in Miami Twp.
"This is supposed to be the safest area possible to raise your kids. But it's clearly not," she said. "Too many people are coming from bad parts of town. (They) get kicked out of their parts of town and come to this part of town. And that's pretty terrifying."
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