CINCINNATI - Even a veteran police officer couldn’t remember many terrifying shootings on Interstate 75 like the one that killed a passenger in a vehicle Monday night.
“I’ve been with the police department almost 29 years. I can only remember two or three times when that’s happened,” said Lt. Steve Saunders. “Obviously this is a very nerve-wracking situation where you have an incident like this play out on an interstate.”
The shooting happened near I-74 about 10 p.m., and the chaos continued as the wounded driver sped the victim, 20-year-old Rashann Hose, to Good Samaritan Hospital.
A police dispatcher calling to alert the hospital described the frantic happenings from the driver’s 911 call:
“Hello, I’m with Cincinnati Police communications calling to let you guys know you have two shooting victims getting ready to arrive at the hospital. One of the victims is the driver. He's possibly shot in his [unintelligible]. The passenger, according to the driver, appears to be deceased. I don’t know where he is shot. I couldn’t get him to calm down to tell me enough information, but he’s probably going to be there driving frantically.”
Hose died at the hospital, police said. He is the 12th person to be shot to death in the city since May 30.
While police search for the gunman, Saunders said they’re still working to piece together what happened.
Police said it was not a random attack and there’s no present danger to drivers. But they haven’t released any information on motive.
At this point, police haven't released a description of either car involved.
“It’s a very difficult crime scene to handle,” Saunders said.
An initial investigation shut down the highway for hours.
“It is a big ordeal to do that,” Saunders said. “Obviously I-75 is a very heavily traveled roadway through our city but all throughout the country.”
Police will look at any surveillance video available, and Saunders is asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.
The driver crashed the car, according to 911 calls. So keep that in mind if you were on driving on I-75 around 10 p.m. Monday.