2 shot hours apart in Mount Airy

Posted at 9:13 PM, Feb 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-01 21:13:52-05

CINCINNATI -- Two people were shot Monday evening in Cincinnati's Mount Airy neighborhood.

The victims were injured in separate shootings just a few hours apart and a block from each other.

The first shooting happened at about 5:20 p.m. on Hillvista Lane, a small street leading to an apartment complex tucked behind the northwest corner of North Bend Road and Colerain Avenue.

In that case, a man suffered a gunshot wound to his lower back and was expected to survive.

About two hours later, a man was shot as he walked on Colerain near North Bend. Capt. Mike Neville said the man walked up to a gas station, where officers and paramedics found him. Neville said police think the man was wounded in a drive-by shooting, and he was in stable condition.

Neville could not immediately say if the shootings were related.

Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac, just a few months into his new job of leading the department, said reducing gun violence is a top priority in 2016. Earlier Monday, he unveiled a place-based strategy that will use data to identify violent locations in the city and disrupt the networks of people who use those locations to perpetuate crime.

Cincinnati Police Capt. Maris Herold said violent crime often clusters around particular addresses in the city, rather than being neighborhood-wide. This strategy will map out the addresses and networks between those locations where criminals feel comfortable and safe engaging in drug-related or other illicit behavior.