Listen Live on  


THE Talk Station in Cincinnati

More Gun Violence at Downtown Park

More Gun Violence at Downtown Park
Posted Tuesday, July 8th 2014 @ 11pm  by 700WLW News

(Cincinnati) -- On Monday night, 25 year old Joshua Taylor got into a fight with another man, in the intersection of Vine and 8th Street.  The other man pulled a gun, and shot Taylor, who ran into Piatt Park, and collapsed.  He died at a local hospital.  Read more here.

Tuesday night, people who knew Taylor were gathered at the scene, when a vehicle drove by, and the occupants started shooting.  Five bullets tore into the crowd, hitting three people, many of whom scattered.  One victim was found near 6th and Vine, but Cincinnati Police say none of the injuries was considered serious.

Chief Jeffery Blackwell says investigators believe the shooting was not random.  They say it was connected to Monday night's homicide, and the suspect in that murder may have been directly involved in Tuesday's attack. He would not call it retaliation though.

Blackwell says there is still a culture of "no snitching"; a philosophy that keeps people from telling police what they know.  He says two of the three victims were not being very cooperative.

Blackwell says they did get a good description of the vehicle used in the drive-by, and would be interviewing witnesses, and reviewing nearby video surveillance, to identify the suspects.

Not long before the shooting, Chief Blackwell was across the street, at the main branch of the Cincinnati-Hamilton County Public Library, talking to the Downtown Residents' Council about crime.  He called the shootings "disheartening", and "uncharacteristic" for the Central Business District.

Blackwell says while the suspect, and Joshua Taylor had previous connections, with possible gang affiliations, much of the violence in Downtown stems from youth engaged in "unruly" behavior.  He said that would come to an end.

Recommended Stories

More from 55KRC