CINCINNATI – The mood was festive as crowds cheered the annual Over the Rhine parade Friday that kicks off Bockfest, a weekend celebration of local German beer history.
As floats lined up near Arnold’s Bar & Grill, just blocks away police investigated the shooting death of Darryl Chatman, 33. Chatman was shot in the chest as he worked on his car in the 1600 block of Hamer Street at about 5 p.m.
The shooting was near Grant Playground, which borders E. McMicken Avenue.
The Bockfest parade began at 6 p.m.
As day one of Bockfest festivities ended at the Christian Morlein Tap Room around 2 a.m., Cincinnati police say they arrested and charged Frank Curtis, 22, with Chatman’s death.
Cincinnati Police Capt. Mike John said witnesses of the shooting were very cooperative and gave good information during the initial investigation.
"It's brave of them to do that, but really it's critical for us," John said.
In an affidavit submitted to the Hamilton County Municipal Court, police state Curtis brandished a gun and demanded money from Chatman before shooting him. Chatman attempted to disarm Curtis before being shot one time in the chest, the affidavit also states.
The incident was caught on city security cameras and confirmed by those eye witnesses, according to police.
Mariemont resident Karen Kennedy said she doesn’t visit Over-the-Rhine often and Friday was her first time participating in Bockfest. The annual festival, which continues through Sunday, also celebrates the coming of spring.
She said, despite the shooting so close to the parade, she didn’t feel afraid.
“I feel sad for that person who died,” Kennedy said. “I think life probably still goes on. The neighborhood is still really trying to improve and so I think that’s a good thing for Cincinnati."
As a matter of fact, many of the Bockfest parade participants and observers were not aware a homicide had occurred until hours after the shooting.
John said Cincinnati police brought in additional patrols for Bockfest.
“We have so many officers obviously on scene of this,” John said. “We have so many officers assigned to that particular detail. We're aware of it, and we believe it's very safe to come and enjoy Bockfest."
Curtis appeared in Hamilton County court Saturday morning for arraignment. A judge set Curtis' bond at $1 million.
WCPO reporter Bryce Anslinger and web editor Maxim Alter contributed to this report.