CINCINNATI -- A woman was injured by broken glass as she was sitting in a vehicle that got shot multiple times just before 10 a.m. Friday on Vine Street just south of Liberty Street in Over-the-Rhine, police say.
Police have blocked Vine Street as they investigate Cincinnati's fifth shooting in less than 24 hours. Lt. Steve Saunders said a vehicle was seen leaving the scene, but no witnesses had a clear description of the car.
Saunders added that it doesn't appear there were any other victims besides the woman injured by broken glass.
He said police are "doing everything possible to address shootings" and that there is no evidence to prove this shooting is connected to the four shootings that resulted in two homicides Thursday. He said it was "unusual to have that many that close together."
So far this year, the number of shootings is up. There were 57 gunshot victims in Cincinnati this year as of Thursday, compared to 31 during the same period last year, according to police. However, there were only 10 homicide victims so far this year, compared to nine in the same period last year.
"We're concerned about it," Saunders said. "Certainly, the communities where these incidents are happening are very concerned about it."
Saunders stressed that police need the community's help. Anyone with information about these homicides or shootings is asked to call the Criminal Investigation Section at 513-352-3542 or Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040 or text “CINTIP” plus your message to CRIMES (274637). Callers may remain anonymous and may receive compensation for their information.
"We cannot respond to these situations and solve these crimes without the help of the community," Saunders said.
Cincinnati Works has scheduled a peace march for 2 p.m. Saturday on Auburn Avenue at McCormick Place, near the location of a shooting that killed 28-year-old Donald Campbell on Tuesday.
Pastor Ennis Tait said Project Nehemiah was holding their fourth gun buyback event Monday in an effort to raise awareness of gun violence.
"We've got to stop the violence, but in order to do that, we have to really bring people on board," he said.