One 14-year-old dead, another 14-year-old charged after shooting inside Reading Road apartment

CINCINNATI -- Tragedy struck the Avondale neighborhood for the second time in a little more than a week on Saturday when police say a 14-year-old girl was shot to death by a 14-year-old Withrow High School student.

Police responded to an apartment complex in the 3500 block of Reading Road at about 3:20 p.m. after receiving reports of a shooting. Once on the scene, police found the victim, Tyan Adkins, suffering from at least one gunshot wound to the chest.

Adkins, who was found in a living room of one of the apartments, was taken to Cincinnati Children's Hospital before succumbing to her injuries.

The Cincinnati Police Department announced later Saturday night that a 14-year-old male was charged with having weapons under disability and reckless homicide.

WCPO is withholding the name of the suspect.

He appeared in court Monday where prosecutors said they plan to try him as an adult. His next court date is scheduled for April 10.

He will remain behind bars until his court appearance.

Both Adkins and the shooter were students at Withrow High School, said Janet Walsh, a spokesperson for Cincinnati Public Schools. The school district is on spring break, but grief counselors will be at the school when students return from break.

Adkins was an eighth grader at the school. The teenager in custody was a freshman.

The alleged shooter has eight prior convictions from 2012 to 2014, according to a Hamilton court administrator's assistant. Those convictions range from burglary to trespassing to probation violation.

At this point in the investigation the Cincinnati Police Department is interviewing witnesses in an effort to determine whether the shooting was an accident or intentional.

“Initially there were some mixed stories as to what happened,” said Sgt. Dan McShane with District 4 police. “There were multiple witnesses at the scene who we've taken down to headquarters to be interviewed.”

While details surrounding the shooting remain murky and investigators look to get to the bottom of what happened, the Avondale community is preparing to mourn the loss of another teenager to a gun-related death.

The happening on Saturday came just eight days after Jashawn Martin, 14, was shot to death near the neighborhood's border with Walnut Hills. Martin, who had stopped to watch a fight between two groups, died as a result of his injuries.

Three other males, including at least one other teen, were injured during the shooting but their injuries were not life-threatening.

WCPO reporters Amy Wadas and Shannon Kettler contributed to this report.

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