Steve Bennish, Dayton Daily News, July 13, 2011
Police are looking for a young black man in Tuesday evening’s fatal shooting of a well-known ice cream truck driver on Midway Avenue.
Carl Banks, 60, was shot moments after he sold ice cream to kids outside the Whitmore Arms Apartments in the 4600 block of Midway around 6:15 p.m., according to police.
Sgt. Dan Mauch, head of the homicide unit, said detectives theorize that Banks–with his truck, something of a fixture on west Dayton streets–was the target of a robbery attempt gone bad.
Witnesses told police they heard two or three shots and saw slightly built young man, possibly as young as 15, wearing red pants with a sweater pulled over his face, fleeing the scene.
“He comes through the neighborhood every day,” said Pattrice Ingram, who lives in the Residence Park neighborhood. “He was a nice guy, pretty much a fixture around here.”