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Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell, center, on scene where a 19-year-old black man was found in the lot of a vacant apartment building at 3120 Hallwood Place in Avondale shortly before noon Tuesday. Jan. 7, 2013. Kareem Elgazzar | WCPO
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19-year-old man found dead in Avondale apartment lot

Case is city's second homicide of the year

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CINCINNATI – Avondale resident Cynthia Brandon wasn’t expecting a gun battle outside her home to end in a homicide on her last day of vacation.

She said she heard at least four gunshots outside her Hallwood Place home at about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in Avondale. When she peeked out the window, she saw a man later identified as 19-year-old Curron Jones lying on the ground with another man trying to help him up.

The second man was carrying a gun in his hand, she said.

“I was inside getting ready to get dinner prepared, and I all I heard was pow, pow, pow, pow,” said Brandon, who normally walks to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for work. “It sounded like a gun battle.”

One of the bullets shattered the window of her storm door. She returns to work on Wednesday.

“All this vacant property around here, something needs to be done with it,” Brandon said.

At least four vacant properties surround her home, including the vacant apartment building in the 3100 block of Hallwood Place, where Jones was found lying in the parking lot.

Homicide investigators declined to specify how many times Jones was shot. The Hamilton County Coroner took his body for tests a short time after police arrived.

Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell left a meeting early and arrived on scene at about 1 p.m. to get a first-hand look at the city’s second homicide of the year. Police are searching for three men in the area after the shooting.

Police have not released a description of a suspect. The investigation is ongoing.

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