Hamilton police continuing to investigate midday double shooting

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Police responded to a shooting in Hamilton at the corner of South Second and Walnut streets on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019.

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Detectives are continuing to investigate a double shooting Friday afternoon on South Second Street in Hamilton.

Multiple shots were fired in the 700 block of Second near the intersection of Chestnut Street, and one man was found on the ground shortly after 1 p.m, according to police.

Jeremy R. Watson, 33, of Seventh Avenue in Middletown, suffered gunshot wounds, according to the police report. On Monday, Watson remained hospitalized with serious injuries, according to police.

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The second victim, Van M. Jackson, 21, later checked into another hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The shootings are connected to the same gun violence, police said.

The exchange of gunfire at about 1:03 p.m. hit multiple “occupied dwellings.” The report listed the owner of a vehicle and several residents as victims

A dispatcher received multiple calls about shots fired, including from a Front Street business. A male 911 caller who identified himself as the owner of D&M Tires said “close to 20 shots” were heard.

“We were standing out back and over in the distance it sounded like gunfire going off,” he said. “It was quite a few shots.”

A female caller said, “They are shooting up there. I don’t know who it was … one is on the ground.”

The caller calmed down and told the dispatcher, “It sounds like they shot through my window, I am just scared.”

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A couple of calls were placed to 911 by emotional people yelling and screaming for an ambulance. One caller said the victim on the ground was shot in the back and was still breathing.

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