Ohio Mall Shooter Tells 911 He Was Smacked With Purse

Tyrone Gray Jr., 24, is charged with shooting Dontarious Sylvester, 25, after an argument at the Mall at Tuttle Crossing. Sylvester was pronounced dead at the scene. After the shooting, Gray called 911 to tell his side of what happened.

“Uh, a man assaulted me with his purse, and I shot,” Gray said.

“Okay, did you hit anybody?” the dispatcher asked.

“Uh, I shot him,” Gray replied.

Gray appeared in court for his arraignment Monday morning, where a judge issued him a $50,000 cash surety bond and ordered him to stay away from the victim’s family. Court documents from the Franklin County Municipal Court revealed that Gray and Sylvester were in a verbal altercation in the store before the shooting, per video recovered by police.

You may listen to the audio at WKBN.

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That man, 25-year-old Dontarious Sylvester, also of Mansfield, died at the scene. 

“He just threw a purse at me, hit me in my face,” Gray said later in the nearly 8 1/2-minute 911 call. “He smacked me with a purse.” 

Gray said Sylvester was not armed but had “assaulted me with a purse.”

The shooting was last Sunday.

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