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Man arrested in four shootings in East Price Hill

Witness: 'I wish I didn't come out here today'
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Posted at 8:49 PM, May 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-25 12:09:27-04

CINCINNATI – A 21-year-old man is jailed in connection with four shootings in East Price Hill Thursday evening, police say.

Da'von Owens is charged with five counts of felonious assault and aggravated robbery from the incident at Glenway and Ross avenues. A fifth victim was robbed and shot at but not wounded, according to police.

According to court documents, Owens demanded property from the male victims and shot them with a .40-caliber pistol when they tried to flee.

Judge Ted Berry set Owens' bond at $1 million Friday morning - $100,000 on each count. 

Police said they are still investigating.

Two of the victims were in critical condition.

Sharon Johnson said she was on her way to her granddaughter’s graduation, passing rows of red-brick and yellow-paneled houses where children stood outside, when she first heard the screaming.

Then she saw the bodies.

 

"It’s like I can still see him laying there," she said through tears. "I just wish I didn’t come out here today."

Emergency responders took all four victims to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treatment, Lt. Steve Saunders said.  

According to the Rev. Peterson Mingo, who said he spoke with the victims’ families at the hospital, none of the victims knew one another. He’s worried that efforts to fight crime in other areas of the city may be driving it toward places like East Price Hill and neighborhoods like the one in which Thursday’s shooting occurred. 

"I'm praying that it's not going to be the norm for this summer, but we're just going to have to keep our eyes open, our ears open and do what we can," he said.

A gun discarded near the scene could provide investigators with information about the crime, Saunders said. Tips from witnesses could provide more. Anyone with information about the shooting or a possible suspect should call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.