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City of Cincinnati sees 6 fatal shootings in a week

No arrests have been made
Posted at 1:44 PM, Jun 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-07 19:06:53-04

CINCINNATI -- Six people have been killed in shootings in Cincinnati since May 31 and no arrests have been made.

One of the shootings was in Evanston, one in East Price Hill, one in the West End, another in Mount Airy, and two people were killed in Bond Hill.

Someone shot and killed 25-year-old David Lynn Jr. on May 31 in Evanston near the 3100 block of Durrell Avenue.

On Sunday, a suspect fatally shot Taher Taher, 32, in East Price Hill near Bassett Road at Purcell Avenue.

Someone shot and killed Gannon Hillman, 25, in Bond Hill Wednesday morning near 1931 Garden Lane. In Mount Airy the same day, a suspect shot and killed 19-year-old Brandon Phoenix at a bus stop on Colerain Avenue near North Bend Road.

On Thursday, a suspect fatally shot 37-year-old Ricky D. Lackey in Bond Hill near the intersection of Reading Road and Berkley Avenue.

Someone shot and killed a person Friday morning near 1049 Central Avenue in the West End. The victim was identified as 28-year-old Paris Crosty.

Friday's shooting took place blocks away from City Hall, where Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley spoke out against gun violence a day prior.

On Thursday, Cranley said Cincinnati will join other Ohio cities in a lawsuit over a new state law that preempts local gun regulations.

The mayor announced the city's intention to join Columbus and other communities in the lawsuit over House Bill 228, which went into effect March 28. Cranley called the law a "violation" of the city's home rule authority.

"They are prohibiting the people of Cincinnati to pass laws to protect our citizens," he said during a news conference. "They are prohibiting it."

Cranley said he's also opposing House Bill 178, which would eliminate existing concealed carry license and training requirements.

'Alarming numbers'

Friday morning, Lt. Col. Michael John called the number of recent shootings "alarming."

"We really cannot do our job effectively without cooperation from citizens and I've said this multiple times before," he said. "We realize there are folks that may be intimidated in coming forward. We really hope that they would use the crime stoppers number."

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 513-852-3040. All tips can remain anonymous.

"Those tips really are key for us in getting quick resolutions to these issues that we're seeing," John said.