One suspect, few answers as police investigate weekend shootings

Posted at 6:24 PM, Aug 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-18 21:05:19-04

A woman who said she survived a large-scale shooting Sunday morning in Over-the-Rhine spoke anonymously to WCPO Tuesday, saying she feared further violence if her identity were made public.

“Right now, we just praying for better,” she said. “Praying for better.”

She was among a group of people gathered in Grant Park around 2:15 a.m. Sunday when the gunshots sounded. At least eight people were injured. Two men — Robert Rogers, 34, and Jaquiez Grant, 30 — died.

It was the largest shooting to take place that night, but not the only one. A few hours before the Grant Park shooting, three people had been shot in Walnut Hills.

And minutes after the shots that would take Rogers and Grant’s lives, Myron Green died in the streets of the West End.

The same night in Avondale, a fourth shooting wounded three people and claimed the life of 21-year-old Antonio Blair.

Between the four unconnected incidents, only one suspect had been charged by Tuesday night: Marlon Canady, suspected of killing Blair. He has not yet been arrested.

"This is about everyone,” said local activist Brian Garry, who leads the community advocacy group Neighborhoods United. “This is a problem for everyone. Safety is everyone's issue."

Neighborhoods United planned to hold an anti-violence demonstration in Grant Park starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday.