PD: 2 vehicles shot at, struck on I-275 near Hamilton Avenue in 'random acts'

FOREST PARK, Ohio -- Two men police originally considered "persons of interest" in the I-275 shooting in Forest Park Tuesday have been interviewed, released and cleared by police, the Forest Park Police Department said in an update Wednesday morning.

Officers from Forest Park, Springfield Township and Colerain Township all responded to I-275 at Hamilton Avenue for a vehicle that had been shot at and struck eight times on Hamilton Avenue near the freeway. The female driver told police she was driving in the same direction as the car that fired the shots from an unknown firearm inside the vehicle, police said.

The woman told police she drove past Da House Joint Bar on Hamilton Avenue when a car pulled out behind her; she said that car was the one who fired the shots. She described the car as an older model, beige Ford Focus.

Police connected with the initially identified "persons of interest" because they were shown on video surveillance leaving the bar at the time the victim drove by.

Shortly afterward, a semitractor-trailer reported being shot and struck while driving eastbound on I-275 between Hamilton Avenue and Winton Road.

The semitractor-trailer driver described the suspect's car as a four-door gray or silver import with tinted windows and white replacement panels on the passenger side.

A caller to 911 reported hearing six gunshots in the area:

 

No injuries were reported in either incident. Police said they stepped up patrols after the incidents.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Forest Park Police Department at 513-595-5220.

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