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Police identify victims, arrest suspect in East Westwood shooting

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Posted at 3:00 PM, Oct 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-21 10:29:05-04

CINCINNATI — One man was killed and another man was injured in a shooting in East Westwood on Sunday, Cincinnati police said.

According to officials, police were called to Baltimore Avenue and McHenry Avenue, where they located a shooting victim, who died from his injuries shortly after being rushed to UCMC. Police identified that victim as 37-year-old Robert Thomas.

"[Robert] was a father of five," Gee Devond, Thomas' cousin, said. "He was the funniest in our family. [You] were always guaranteed a laugh with him."

Police arrested and charged 31-year-old Lonnie Wilburn for the murder of Thomas Sunday. A Hamilton County judge gave Wilburn a bond of $500,000 Monday morning.

Lt. Steve Saunders said another man was driven to the hospital in a private vehicle, suffering from a gunshot wound "believed to be from the same incident." Police have not identified the wounded victim, but have said his injuries seem to be non-life-threatening.