Fatal shooting is Northside's first in almost a year, police say

Posted at 6:42 PM, Jul 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-06 06:28:55-04

CINCINNATI -- Neighbors said a man killed in Northside Wednesday night had just stepped out of his mother's Lingo Street house when the bullets struck. 

"It's heartbreaking," Pastor Peterson Mingo said. "It's sad that people still don't have any skills to resolve issues without somebody going to the morgue."

Officers responded to the shooting around 6 p.m. and discovered the body of 26-year-old Dontae Whaley inside a parked car. He had been shot multiple times.

Shootings in Northside are fairly rare, according to Sgt. Jeff Gramke. The Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence had not recorded a shooting in six months or a fatal shooting in nearly a year.

The anomalous nature of the shooting made it more disturbing, Gramke said. Jim Good, a Northside resident, said he feels "reasonably safe" in the neighborhood.

Mingo prayed with the victim's family and urged the shooter to come forward.

"There is nothing that (Whaley) could have done to someone that would have warranted that," Mingo said.

Police encouraged anyone with information about the incident to call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.