Stephanie's Hair Options shooting: Police arrest Tracy Washington in Northside barbershop shooting

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati police District 5 investigators arrested Tracy Washington on Thursday in connection to the Oct. 11 shooting at a Northside barbershop and he is scheduled to appear in court for arraignment Friday morning.

Washington, 23, is accused of shooting Phillip Smith multiple times at Stephanie's Hair Options barbershop in broad daylight on Oct. 11 on Hamilton Avenue. Washington was arrested on charges of felonious Assault, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a firearm while under disability. Police said Washington has at least one prior felony conviction.

A tip lead investigators to arrest Washington Wednesday evening, after the Safe Streets Unit stopped him, said District 5 Investigative Unit commander Lt. Adam Hennie. Hennie said the shooting might be a targeted hit tied to drugs, but that theory has not materialized.

Smith was sitting in the third of four chairs when Washington entered the store wearing a checkered shirt and opened fire, hitting Smith multiple times in the chest, said District 5 Capt. Paul Neudigate.

Washington walked past two other customers before firing on the victim at about 12:30 p.m. inside the barbershop, said District 5 Sgt. Charles White. White said police found four shell casings inside the store, which was occupied by a handful of people who took cover.

Witnesses told police they heard at least six shots, but were initially unable to identify the shooter.
Neudigate said officers were flagged down at 12:25 p.m. to respond to the shooting inside the shop at 4206 Hamilton Avenue. Stephanie’s Hair Options is not a known location for drug activity, Hennie said.

Smith was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center and was listed in critical condition. Neudigate said Washington fled the scene, possibly in a black Nissan Maxima.

Washington was arrested on May 11 for cocaine and heroin possession and was sentenced to four years of community control in August, Hamilton County Court records show. He is required to submit to random drug screenings and was referred to drug counseling.

A little more than a month after he was arrested in May, Washington was arrested for possession of a firearm, while he was under indictment for his previous drug-possession charge.

An arraignment hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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