CINCINNATI -- Within hours of Cincinnati Works announcing a peace march in response to an uptick of shootings in Mount Auburn, police say two people died as four unrelated shootings hit four separate neighborhoods Thursday.
Cincinnati Works announced the march for 2 p.m. Saturday at the corner of McCormick Place and Auburn Avenue early Thursday in response to the Tuesday afternoon shooting that killed 28-year-old Donald Campbell inside a car on McCormick Place and the Jan. 18 shooting death of 9-year-old Alexandrea Thompson on Burnet Avenue.
At about 12:30 p.m. Thursday, a witness flagged down an officer to report a shooting in the 2300 block of Vine Street in Mount Auburn. The officer found the victim, 24-year-old Casey Roby, dead inside a vehicle.
Two hours later and two miles away in North Avondale, officers found 47-year-old Pamela Hacker shot once in the chest inside an apartment in the 3900 block of Vine Street. She was driven to University of Cincinnati Medical Center in critical condition and died on the way there.
Police said they believed the two homicides were unrelated.
"The (suspect) description's not even close to the other shooting," Sgt. Eric Franz said. "At this point, I'd say there's very little chance, if any, that they're ... connected in any way, shape or form that we know of at this point."
Two additional shootings came Thursday evening. At about 7 p.m., police investigated a male victim who had been shot multiple times while riding a bike on a sidewalk on East McMillan Street at Ashland Avenue in East Walnut Hills. Police said the victim was being uncooperative.
At about 9 p.m., a man in his 50s reported being shot by a masked man in the 1600 block of Sparkle Drive in Roselawn. The man told police he was walking into the entryway of his apartment when the assailant shot him twice in the upper torso and once in the lower torso. Police are uncertain whether this was an attempted robbery or not.
Anyone with information about these homicides or shootings is asked to call the Criminal Investigation Section at 513-352-3542 or Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040 or text “CINTIP” plus your message to CRIMES (274637). Callers may remain anonymous and may receive compensation for their information.
At 10 a.m. Friday, a third shooting on Vine Street was reported in Over-the-Rhine. Police say a vehicle with a woman inside was shot multiple times, resulting in minor injuries from broken glass.