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Man arrested after girl, 11, is wounded in shootout in West Price Hill

Police looking for 'gray BMW' involved
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Posted at 2:50 PM, Dec 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-26 17:27:07-05

CINCINNATI — A man was arrested for his involvement in a shootout where an 11-year-old girl was caught in the crossfire during Christmas Day in West Price Hill, according to police.

According to court documents, police arrested 18-year-old Brian Castro in relation to the shooting. Police are believed to be looking for three others who may have been involved.

The shooting took place about 12:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of Gilsey Avenue, one block west of Elder High School.

A neighbor told WCPO that a man in a red hoodie shot at a BMW, and a man in the car shot back, hitting the girl. A stray bullet struck the girl in her buttocks, and her injury is not considered life-threatening, police said.

Police Lt. Steve Saunders said they are looking for a "gray BMW with tinted windows and plastic over the rear passenger-side window." There were three men in the car at the time, Saunders said.

Police handcuffed and detained a "person of interest" in the shootout that led to the wounding of an 11-year-old girl on her West Price Hill street.

After police arrived, they brought two men out of a house with their hands up. One was detained and questioned as a person of interest, Saunders said.

Saunders said police were alerted by ShotSpotter that several rounds had been fired. The back window of a parked vehicle was shot out, and multiple bullet casings were found.

The neighbor called the girl's shooting "a terrible, terrible thing." She was taken to Cincinnati Children's Hospital for treatment.

Back window of SUV parked on Gilsey Avenue was shot out.

"Our neighborhood's pretty shook up," he said. "I've been around about a year and a half and we've never had problems like this.

"But it is Price Hill, you know. Christmas and New Year's Eve, we hear a lot of gunshots.

"There's families out here. It's Christmas, man. This little girl is going to suffer and so is her family," he said.

Police ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at (513) 352-3040.

WCPO will update this story when more information is available.