Shooting of two teens makes Winton Hills residents feel hopeless

Posted at 12:02 PM, Sep 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-07 18:05:27-04

CINCINNATI – The shooting of two teens on a sidewalk just before noon left residents hopeless about ever feeling safe in their Winton Hills neighborhood. 

"There’s nothing that can be done. It’s sad," said Miz Venice.

"It goes on every day out here," William Ewing said.

Fortunately, the 16- and 17-year-old males don't have life threatening injuries, police said. Unfortunately, the shooter got away and police say they don't even have a description.

The shooting happened on Dutch Colony Drive. Police say a car pulled up to them, then someone in the car got in a fight with the two on the street and shot them. They were taken to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to be treated. 

Residents say they want their kids to feel safe in their own neighborhood. 

"You got little kids out here. They're afraid to go to sleep out at night, even afraid to come outside and play,” Ewing said.

Lt. Steve Saunders says police are working with the community.

"There’s certainly some challenges in this area, but at the same time,  I think District 5 has done an outstanding job working with the community, trying to problem solve and make sure we’re working to address any community issues there might be,” Saunders said.

Residents say the community needs to come together and take some real action or nothing will change. 

"No matter how much everybody says, 'Stop the violence, stop this, stop that,' they’re still going to be doing it," Venice said.

If you have information about the shooting, call Crime Stoppers at (513) 352-3040.