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Sheriff: Liberty Township sees 2 fatal shootings in less than 48 hours

Posted at 8:08 AM, Jun 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-12 23:41:55-04

Editor's note: Riah Milton's name and gender were initially misreported based on information provided by police. Family members corrected WCPO, and we have updated the story with accurate information.

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Two people were killed in separate shootings near the same Liberty Township park in less than 48 hours, according to Sheriff Richard Jones.

The pair of fatal shootings, though not connected, were "very unusual," Jones said. They're the first fatal shootings the township has seen in six years.

Watch Jones deliver a press conference on the shootings in the player below.

Jones said 18-year-old Romel Velasquez shot and killed Antaun Hill Jr., 18, and injured Zyquon Moody, 18, and Zyshaun Johnson, 19, at about 10 p.m. Wednesday near Liberty Park on Yankee Road.

Jones said the shooting happened after two groups, which consisted of “at least a couple dozen people,” met behind the YMCA to “settle their differences.”

The two groups lined up and started fighting. That’s when Velasquez started shooting, according to Jones. The fight between the groups was not gang related.

First responders transported Hill to West Chester Medical Center, where he died. Moody and Johnson sustained injuries that were not life threatening, Jones said.

Velasquez is charged with murder and felonious assault.

The incident came on the heels of another fatal shooting that occurred on Tuesday morning about 200 yards away.

Police arrested two people in the shooting death of 25-year-old Riah Milton.

Police arrested Kaleb Marshall Tooson, 18, on charges of murder and aggravated robbery, and a 14-year-old girl on charges of complicity to aggravated robbery, complicity to murder and and tampering with evidence.

Authorities issued a warrant for 25-year-old Tyree Jeffery Cross, of Cincinnati, on charges of complicity to murder, complicity to aggravated robbery and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

Jones said the trio lured Milton to the area with the intent to steal their vehicle. A fight ensued, and Tooson shot Milton in the head.

“I want to emphasize, these are young people … to all the parents, you need to pay attention to where your kids are,” Jones said.