INVESTIGATIVE: Nearly 4 months have passed and South Daytona cops have no solid leads as to who gunned down a man in cold blood

A tent was placed over the body of a South Daytona man gunned down last month in the street / Headline Surfer​Photos for Headline Surfer / A huge tent was erected in the pre-dawn hours of Sept. 6, over and around the body of 25-year-old Emerson Green, shown above, who was gunned down in cold blood in this South Daytona neighborhood. The killer or killers sped off in what has been described as a possible silver-colored car. The tent freaked out neighbors who have not been fully cooperative with police.
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

SOUTH DAYTONA, Fla. -- A 25-year-old man was shot and killed in the street in early Semptember  in the middle of the night in the 300 block of Orange Blossom and South Daytona cops have no strong leads as to possible suspects.

"Quite frankly they're not getting a whole lot of cooperation from the neighbors -- at least that is what they've indicated," an outside law enforcement source told Headline Surfer.

Several neighbors the internet news outlet spoke with recently said they found the whole thing quite unsettling during the middle of the night of Sept. 6 from the onset -- from shots waking them up hours before dawn, followed by a bunch of cop cars barrelling through the neighborhood to the scene where the body of a young african-American man, Emerson Green, was crumpled in the roadway.

Then it got really bizarre when police erected a large tent around the body and put up yellow crime scene tape further out. 

And South Daytona Police Chief Ron Wright may be his own worse enemey as he has been slow to release even the most basic details into the Sept. 6 homicide.  A media release, which is standard in law enforcement agencies in Volusia County, was not even until early November. 

South Daytona Police Chief Ron Wright dealing with unsolved homicide / Headline SurferSeveral neighbors the internet news outlet spoke with recently said they found the whole thing quite unsettling during the middle of the night from the onset -- from shots waking them up hours before dawn,  followed by a bunch of cop cars barrelling through the neighborhood to the scene where the body of a young african-American man, Emerson Green, was crumpled in the roadway.

Then it got really bizarre when police erected a large tent around the body and put up yellow crime scene tape further out. 

And South Daytona Police Chief Ron Wright, shown here, may be his own worse enemey if this case is to be solved as he has been slow to release even the most basic details into the Sept. 6 homicide.  A media release, which is standard in law enforcement agencies in Volusia County, was not even issued by Wright's cop shop until early November. 

Neighbors have been reluctant to say anything to the media in the days and weeks since. And with those days and weeks about to hit the one-month mark, the trail is getting colder.

When asked if he witnessed what occurred prior to cops coming on scene, one resident Headline Surfer brieflty spoke with raised his voice before stammering off: "I didn't see nothing! Nothing!"

Another neighbor said she was shocked to see the large tent-like structure set up: "I don't know why they just couldn't have taken the body away. This was just over the top. You'd think this was some kind of a war zone the way it was handled."

Fear of retribution by the killer(s) and mistrust of the cops

After all, this neighborhood isn't used to this type of gun violence with blood spilled in the street. Several neighbors said even if they had seen something -- which they claim they didn't -- they made clear it wouldn't be worth risking their lives if the killer or killers were to end up reading something in the newspaper and then return to silence them for good.

It's called fear of retribution and even mistrust of the cops, some residents said.

Here is a basic outline as to what may have occurred, based on limited police statements and various media reports: 

• Emerson Green of Daytona Beach had walked off from his girlfriend's home, possibly with two or three other people, well before the pre-dawn hours, police have said. And a short time later, between 3 and 4 a.m., a car pulled up to Green near the intersection of Orange Blossom Drive and Jones Street and an argument ensued between Green and one or more persons in the vehicle. 

• Shots rang out, the car sped off and South Daytona cops found Green dead in the street. No information has been released as to how many shots were fired and where Green was even struck. Cops have said they believe the shooter may have been inside a silver-colored vehicle, if that descriptioin is even accurate.

A South Daytona cop walks a neighborhood where a man was gunned down in the street / Headline SurferSouth Daytona Police Lt. Mark Cheatham walks inside the yellow crime scene tape where a young man was gunned dowen during the overnight hours of Sept. 6. The homicide remains unsolved to date, nearly a month later, with no definitive leads.

Here is a basic outline as to what may have occurred, based on limited police statements and various media reports: 

• Emerson Green of Daytona Beach had walked off from his girlfriend's home, possibly with two or three other people, well before the pre-dawn hours, police have said. And a short time later, between 3:30 and 4 a.m., a car pulled up to Green near the intersection of Orange Blossom Drive and Jones Street and an argument ensued between Green and one or more persons in the vehicle. 

• Shots rang out, the car sped off and South Daytona cops found Green dead in the street. No information has been released as to how many shots were fired and where Green was even struck. Cops have said they believe the shooter may have been inside a silver-colored vehicle, if that descriptioin is even accurate.

Shooting victim was known to law enforcement with an alleged domestic violence complaint that led to his arrest weeks earlier

Green, originally from Syracuse, NY, was known to law enforcement, if only for a short time before his life was snuffed out.

arrested in July on a domestic violence charge against a different woman he had been living with in Daytona Beach. The then-girlfriend asked him if he was abusing drugs and he stormed out. When he returned later that evening and saw that she had already packedher bags, things got physical, according to a police incident report. 

Green allegedly choked the woman and then slammed her into a dresser, causing her to bleed from a slight gash to the back of her head, according to a charging affidavit. The State Attorney's Office subsquently filed a misdemeanor domestic violence battery charge against Green in August based on that complaint affidavit taken by Daytona Beach cops with the victim.

Anyone with information is asked to call South Daytona Lt. Dan Dietrich at 386-322-3041 or Crime Stoppers, 888-277-TIPS (8477).

South Daytona Crime Stats: Mixed Results

South Daytona not as vioolent as Daytona Beach / Headline SurferIn looking at the crime stats fo South Daytona, the lone homicide so far this year in the 300 block of Orange Blossom Drive is a concern, burt relatively speaking, this small city is not a violent crime haven, especially in comparison to Daytona Beach, which is a far more violent city overall and the mecca of tourism in Volusia County and along the Central Florida coastline with the World's Most Famous Beach® and Daytiona International Speedway, home of NASCAR and the running of the Daytona 500 race.

Even Holly Hill is a more violent city than South Daytona. 

Like anything, numbers can be skewed: Aside from the one homicide, South Daytona is not as safe as neighboring Port Orange, Daytona Beach Shores, Ormond Beach, Ponce Inlet, New Smyrna Beach or Edgewater, all of which have municipal police departments, too.

Crime mapping in South Daytona neighborhood where man shot to death / Headline SurferCrimew map in South Daytona / Headline Surfer

 

 

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