Avondale sees three shootings in 24 hours

Man shot while working on his car

CINCINNATI -- A man working on his car was shot Saturday afternoon in Avondale, the first of three shootings in that neighborhood within 24 hours.

Still, shootings in Avondale and the city overall are down compared to this time last year.

Saturday's victim was caught in the crossfire when a gunfight broke out between a person in the car and a person on a porch in the 3600 block of Vine Street. That's about a block north of the Cincinnati Zoo.

The man was wounded in the leg and the hip and taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Police were looking for the shooters.

The other two shootings happened early Sunday morning.

One, near the intersection of Hutchins Avenue and Reading Road, resulted in two juveniles being shot. They showed up at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center on their own, according to the Cincinnati Police Department.

Another was a block away on Windham Avenue, where one person was shot.

Officers could not say how severe injuries were for either shooting.

Until this weekend, Avondale had nine shootings from the beginning of the year. The three shootings in the past day bring that number up to 12.

Compared to this time last year, though, shootings in Avondale, and the city, are down.

Data show there were 18 shootings in Avondale by this time last year and 196 in the city overall.

Including the three recent shootings, Avondale's year-to-date total is 12 shootings, and the city's is 159.

The cause of the decline is not immediately known; however, police leaders have credited ShotSpotter with helping to decrease gun violence in Avondale. The system, which uses soundwaves to pinpoint gunfire, was installed in that neighborhood last August.

Police are still searching for suspects from the shootings on Vine Street and Hutchins Avenue. One suspect has been arrested from the Windham Avenue shooting.

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