PD: ShotSpotter alerts police to shooting in Avondale

Posted at 9:08 PM, Oct 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-02 00:07:09-04

CINCINNATI -- A new, high-tech tool pointed police in the direction of a shooting in Avondale Sunday evening, Lt. Steve Saunders said.

ShotSpotter alerted police of a shooting near the 3400 block of Burnet Avenue at about 7:50 p.m., Saunders said.

Someone shot a male multiple times in the torso. His injuries are life threatening.

“There is no indication there are any additional threats to the public,” Saunders said.

ShotSpotter uses a network of microphones to identify the sound of gunshots and determine where the shots came from within seconds. Cincinnati police unveiled the system in August.

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Sixty sensors were installed across three square miles in Avondale. The coverage will eventually be expanded to Mount Auburn, Walnut Hills, Evanston and Corryville. Those five neighborhoods accounted for 20 percent of gunfire in the city between January 2014 and March 2016.

Cincinnati is one of more than 90 cities across the world to install and utilize the ShotSpotter technology.

District 4 officers are investigating the shooting. There is no suspect information at this time.