COVINGTON, Ky. -- As Joseph Ingram held his neighbor in his arms Sunday night – a 20-year-old former Holmes High School football player – he told him to squeeze his hand.
Ingram had just witnessed Dasean Peterson fall to the ground after what sounded like multiple gunshots.
Covered in blood, Peterson squeezed back.
But a few moments later, that would change.
“I was holding him,” Ingram said. “He was making noises and I told him to squeeze my hand. He was squeezing my hand at first, but then after he stopped making those noises, I said ‘Squeeze my hand if you're OK’ and he didn't squeeze my hand."
Medics later arrived at Peterson’s front yard on 1705 Garrard Street in Covington and rushed him to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
When Ingram let go of Peterson, he was in tears. He said he knew right there that his wounds were too severe.
“I was rubbing his head and I said, ‘Man, you're going to be alright. You're going to be alright’…but I really knew he wasn’t,” Ingram said.
Peterson left Holmes last November to attend an alternate adult high school.
Records show Peterson dropped out of that school in March.
“He was a good kid, man. They are all good kids,” Ingram said. “He was just at the wrong place at the wrong time, man.”
Covington police are now trying to apprehend the shooter and say they are confident the case may be cracked soon.
Covington Police Chief Spike Jones said investigators have been lucky when it comes to finding witnesses.
"We are very fortunate that we have some good witnesses that are cooperating with us, assisting us in this investigation,” Jones said. “I'm optimistic that we will be able to bring this to a satisfactory resolve in a short amount of time."
Anyone with additional information about this shooting is being asked to contact the Covington Police Department at 859-356-3191 or Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.
A vigil for Peterson will be held Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 5:30 p.m. on 17th and Garrard Streets.