Gunfire erupts during altercation at gas station

Posted at 9:20 PM, Dec 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-30 23:31:54-05

CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati police are trying to sort out what happened during an altercation at a Pleasant Ridge gas station Wednesday night that ended in gunfire.

Lt. Steve Saunders said it appears people in two separate cars got into a dispute at a Sunoco station on Montgomery Road.

At least one of the people started shooting, Saunders said.

“I was working in the dining room, and I heard what sounded like four or five gunshots," said James Reischman, who lives next door. "I looked out the window and heard a car accelerating."

Officers found a gray Audi sedan with bullet holes on Beredith Place, not far from the Sunoco station, Saunders said. They also found the Audi's registered owner with a grazing gunshot wound to the stomach, Saunders said; he was inside a nearby home.

The man was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treatment. Saunders said the injury is not life-threatening, and, at this point, investigators aren't sure if he was a victim or a suspect. Saunders said police would interview that man and another man who was inside the home with him.

The second vehicle has not been located, Saunders said, and there's no description of what it looked like.

Investigators are planning to review the gas station's surveillance video Thursday, Saunders said.

Reischman said he and other neighbors have been watching the area, particularly, he said, with another shooting at the same gas station last month.

"I'm sure we'll be talking with the community council and police in the area and keep updated with what’s going on," Reischman said.