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Saturday shootings in Hamilton County leave 3 people dead

Posted: 9:38 AM, Aug 18, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-19 07:21:58-04
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Crutchfield Park shooting

In fewer than 12 hours, three people, including two teenagers, were shot and killed in three separate scenes across Hamilton County, making Saturday the deadliest day in the county in 2019, so far.

The first homicide happened around 4 p.m. near Crutchfield Memorial Park on Simpson Avenue. According to court documents, 17-year-old Isaac Moore, a high school student, was shot and killed after a large fight broke out near the park.

The Springfield Township Police Department later said they arrested 21-year-old Johcar Dillard and charged him with Moore's murder after Dillard admitted to the shooting.

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Johcar Dillard

A few hours later , 21-year-old Neko Larkin was shot and killed while on a Metro bus in Avondale around 9 p.m., according to the Cincinnati Police Department.

Police said people were shooting at each other when the bus drove through Avondale, and neither the bus nor Larkin were the intended target. No arrests have been made in this homicide, but police did release a picture of a suspect.

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Picture of a man police suspect was involved in the murder of Neko Larkin

Finally, Cincinnati police were called to the 700 block of Hopkins Street in the West End for a shooting around 11 p.m. Officers found 16-year-old Eric Shields suffering from a gunshot wound there. First responders took Shields to University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Police have not released any suspect information in this homicide either.

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Hopkins Street

These deaths come at the tail-end of a deadly summer in Cincinnati.

So far, 28 people, including four juveniles, have been shot and killed within the city since May 30. There have been arrests in only nine of these cases.

If you have any information about the Crutchfield Memorial Park homicide, you are asked to call the Springfield Township Police Department at 513-729-1300. If you have information on either of the other homicides, you are asked to call the Cincinnati Police Department's Homicide Unit at 513-352-3542.