Man killed in shooting near Garfield Suites Hotel and Piatt Park in downtown Cincinnati

CINCINNATI -- A man is dead after he was shot near the entrance of the Garfield Suites Hotel in downtown Cincinnati Monday evening.

Police say 25-year-old Joshua Lamar Taylor was shot just after 7 p.m. at the corner of Vine Street and Garfield Place near the James A. Garfield statue in Piatt Park. The scene is also a block from The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Taylor was shot twice in the back and collapsed in Piatt Park. He was pronounced dead during surgery at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Authorities said the shooter, a man described as tall and thin, ran north on Vine Street and east on Court Street to escape the scene.

Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell said officers are reviewing video from security cameras in the area to get a better description of the suspect.

Officers said Taylor and the shooter were arguing in the middle of the intersection over comments the shooter made to a woman with Taylor when gunfire erupted.

"There was no incident leading up to (the shooting), no drive-by shooting, no target,” Cincinnati Homicide Commander Lt. Dave Johnston said. “Our indication is this was… confined to two subjects and that the person shot was the intended victim."

Shooting scene near corner of Vine Street and Garfield Place | Photo by Amy Wadas

Homicides in Cincinnati have increased by about 8 percent , compared to this same period last year. This case is Cincinnati's 41st homicide of 2014. There were 37 homicides in the city between Jan. 1 and June 28 of 2013.

So far, violent crimes this year have decreased citywide by about 20 percent, compared to the same period last year, according to statistics released by the city. That includes a 22 percent reduction in aggravated assaults, a 20 percent reduction in robberies and a 6 percent reduction in rapes. These stats do not include Monday's shooting.

WCPO's Amy Wadas contributed to this report.

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