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Police investigate OTR, East Price Hill gunfire

Posted: 12:28 AM, May 27, 2016
Updated: 2016-05-27 04:29:46Z
Police investigate OTR, East Price Hill gunfire
Police investigate OTR, East Price Hill gunfire
Police investigate OTR, East Price Hill gunfire

CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati police spent Thursday night investigating gunfire in two neighborhoods that left three people hurt, while crime statistics from the Cincinnati Police Department show shootings on a downward trend this year.

Thursday night's first shooting happened in the area of Vine and 15th streets in Over-the-Rhine at about 7:30 p.m. One person suffered a minor injury to his head, though police weren't sure if he was grazed by a bullet or something else hit him.

Two vehicles were struck by stray bullets.

A few hours later, in East Price Hill, two people were shot on Elberon Avenue near Warsaw Avenue.

One person was shot in the abdomen, and the other was shot in the left hip. Both were conscious when they were taken for medical treatment.

Some of the shell casing markers on Elberon Avenue. Photo by Andy Overton | WCPO

There were at least a dozen shell casings at the scene.

No suspects were identified in either case.

As of May 21, the total number of shooting victims was down by 19 percent compared to 2015: there had been 161 victims by that date last year, and there have been 130 so far this year. Compared with the average of the prior three years, there have been 10 percent fewer shooting victims so far in 2016.

Also as of May 21, there had been the same number of homicide victims as 2015 -- 25 -- while homicide victims were down slightly compared to the prior three-year average.