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One person killed, one wounded in Mount Airy shooting, police say

Posted: 8:38 PM, Aug 21, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-22 23:11:08Z

CINCINNATI -- One person was killed and another person was hospitalized after a shooting involving multiple guns and multiple shooters in Mount Airy Tuesday evening.

Jaylyn McCoy, 19, was shot dead at about 7:20 p.m. on Hawaiian Terrace, police said. 

The second gunshot victim is a 20-year-old woman, Franz said. She was driven to University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treatment. Her wounds were not life-threatening, he said.

Police asked any witnesses to call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.

An ongoing issue

Residents say gunshots and police sirens are commonplace on Hawaiian Terrace. 

The problem has become severe enough that the city filed a lawsuit against Downtown Property Management, the owner of the apartments on Hawaiian Terrace. In five years, there have been about 7,100 calls for police service from the complex, and arrests for more than 850 offenses.

Mount Airy Council member Gladys Pope used to live in the area, and has seen it change. She's hoping the recent violence will serve as a wake-up call.

"It used to be a very tight-knit community with very minimal violence," Pope said.

The U.S. Postal Service suspended mail delivery to the area after a postal worker was attacked in June.

The following weeks brought another string of crimes. From July 22 to Aug. 18, the Cincinnati Police Department neighborhood crime report map shows reports of a theft, two burglaries, an auto theft and a rape, in addition to Tuesday's shooting.

Pope said the solution requires a combination of youth programs, building improvements and more resident involvement.

"I think that is going to be the key piece," she said. "None of this works without everybody that lives here."

The city is also addressing the problem by stationing more police officers in the area.

The Mount Airy Council will meet Friday evening to address the recent violence.