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Victim of fatal Avondale shooting identified, no charges filed

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CINCINNATI -- One man was killed and another wounded on Irving Street, near the border of Clifton and Avondale Monday afternoon.

The victim, who died at the hospital, was identified Monday night as 45-year-old William Moritz.

"I was backing out of my driveway," said resident Brian Garry who called in the incident to 911 earlier Monday afternoon. "I honked my horn because a car at the end of my driveway wasn't moving. I got out of my car to see why. There was a gentleman behind the wheel. There was blood everywhere and believe he was shot twice in the neck. I immediately called 911."

Garry found the two men shot at about 12:15 p.m. in the 100 block of Woolper.

Both men, who police say are from Kentucky, were taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Moritz was shot in the neck and declared dead at the hospital.

The other victim was treated for a gunshot wound to the leg, and released shortly after, according to Cincinnati police.

After a short time, officers determined there was a second scene at Colonial Village Apartments located at Forest and Irving, where the shooting actually occurred. SWAT was called to the location as officers investigated.

"We have to err on the side of safety," Cincinnati Assistant Chief Paul Humphries said. "If they're involved in a homicide, and barricaded in an apartment refusing commands to come out, we have to assume that we want to do this as safely as possible. That meets our protocol for SWAT. That's why SWAT was called."

Police eventually took two people into custody for questioning. Neither person was immediately charged with a crime and no identities were released.

Monday's homicide became Cincinnati's seventh in 2014, and surpassed the number of deaths compared to January 2013.

The last reported homicide in Cincinnati was the death of Shanti Lanza, a Riverside Academy fifth grader shot by her father, according to police.

READ MORE: Interactive map, further analysis of Cincinnati's homicide rate

 

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