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Northside man says child woke to bullet through window, pleads for help from city leaders

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CINCINNATI -- Northside resident Terrence Burke said his 9-year-old daughter woke Friday morning to a bullet hole in her bedroom window.

"Imagine the terror that races through my wife's and my head to think that it could have harmed her, our son or one of us," Burke wrote in an email to Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell, Mayor Mark Mallory and Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls.

Burke, who lives on Brookside Avenue, is asking city leaders for help because he said gun violence is rampant in his neighborhood.

On Friday, Oct. 11, a man was shot multiple times while getting a haircut inside Stephanie's Hair Options in Northside.

Burke said that barber shop is "practically in my front yard."

"What are YOU going to do to protect my children and my neighbor's children?" Burke asks. "Must someone die?"

Burke, who said he's lived in Northside since 1997, claims the bullet that went through his daughter's window punctured one of her favorite puppets.

"This is the worst it has been," Burke said. "I can only do so much as a law abiding, tax paying father of two."

Through Oct. 5, there has been nearly a 40 percent increase in the number of people shot in District 5 compared to the same time period last year - 53 this year and 38 in 2012. Over a two-year span, there has been a 26 percent increase, according to Cincinnati police statistics.

Crimes of violence reported to Cincinnati police – homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assaults – are down by 15 percent district wide, but there have been three more homicides this year than last.

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