Site of fatal West End shooting well-known to CPD

CINCINNATI -- Not even an increased police presence was enough to stop a fatal shooting from taking place outside a popular club in the city's West End neighborhood.

Police told WCPO they've been called to the Kumasi Motorcycle Club every weekend, both Friday and Saturday, for the past few months.

Officers were already at the after-hours hangout on Whiteman Street early Saturday when Jason Dukes, 33, was fatally shot in the head.

"We had officers doing a routine patrol in this area," said Capt. Mike John with the Cincinnati Police Department. “While the officers were on patrol, one of them heard a single gunshot."

Dukes was found shortly after 4 a.m. not far from the club. He was transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he eventually died of his wounds.

“I'm just torn apart,” said Sandra Dukes, the victim’s sister. “My heart is torn apart, and I just don't know what I'm going to do."

A father of four, Jason Dukes was described as a lovable, popular person. He donated his organs to "save someone else's life," his sister said.

"I can’t understand why somebody would want do anything like this to Jason,” Sandra Dukes said. “He was a good person. Everybody loved Jason, everybody.”

While she doesn't know why the shooting took place, Toni Boyd said she knows the crowd at the club can get out of hand sometimes so she wishes Duke would have stayed home.

“I just wish I could have stopped him from coming down here because I know how it is down here," said the mother of Duke’s daughter, Tashylah.

John said when CPD is called to Kumasi, it is usually to help break up a fight or investigate reports of shots fired.

Officers now routinely drive past the area just to make sure everything is under control.

"We've noticed an uptick in an activity at the Kumasi Motorcycle Club, so officers were out monitoring the crowd coming out of there,” John said.

The Cincinnati Police Department has reached out to the president of the club through the neighborhood unit. Changes are reportedly in the works.

Saturday's shooting occurred as a large crowd was leaving the venue so police are hopeful they'll develop several leads in the investigation.

"We do have some witnesses who were very close to the man when he was shot," John said. "They are helping us right now."

Witnesses described a potential shooting suspect as a black male with a thin build in his early 20s wearing a red and white checkered shirt and armed with a handgun.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to call the Criminal Investigation Section at 352-3542 or CRIMESTOPPERS at 352-3040 or text “CINTIP” plus your message to CRIMES (274637).  Callers may remain anonymous and may receive compensation for their information.

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