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Police: Walmart among 4 shooting scenes in Colerain Twp., Mt. Healthy

Four police departments respond to shootings
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Posted at 7:16 AM, Nov 16, 2021

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Police responded to four shootings in Mt. Healthy and Colerain Township – all occurring within several blocks of each other and leading to responses from four police departments.

The first shooting occurred outside a Walmart in the 8400 block of Colerain Avenue in Colerain Township before midnight on Monday. Shortly after police arrived, there were reports of another shooting on Forest Avenue in Mt. Healthy.

Another shooting was reported nearby on Werner Avenue in Mt. Healthy followed by another shooting call nearby on Arbor Wood Drive in Colerain Township.

Police have not confirmed whether the shooting scenes are connected to one another, nor has any information about potential suspects been released. No one was hurt in the shootings, despite bullets fired into homes on Forest Ave. and Werner Ave.

"They shot through my bedroom window, I don't know who it was," said a 911 caller on Werner.

Melba Harper said she grabbed her grandkids and hit the floor.

"Whoever did this, they need to get caught because it's dangerous, it's really dangerous," she said.

Around the corner and down the street, 911 calls came in from Forest Ave. as bullets were shot into a home.

"Somebody just shot up my house," said one 911 caller.

A woman who called 911 told dispatchers she sent her son to Walmart for groceries and a group of boys converged on him, trying to fight. Other 911 callers said a gun was pulled, prompting an active shooter alert over the Walmart PA and employees began to evacuate.

"We were able to find evidence that there was some kind of a shooting (at the Walmart)," Jim Love, public information officer for the Colerain Township Police Department, said. "The last one, it seems to have spilled over to Talon Terrace. We haven't found evidence of a shooting yet. But there's still more going on. A handful of police agencies are looking into it and trying to piece it all together."

The same woman who claimed her son was attacked at Walmart called back later, from Forest Ave., and told dispatchers her home was shot into.

"And now the guys, they just shot my house up," she told dispatch. "This is all over the internet because my son — over a girl, over a girl."

Police officers from Colerain Township, Springfield Township, Mt. Healthy and North College Hill responded to the incidents, which are all still under investigation.

"It's just a matter of being able to connect all the dots and see what it was and how it happened," Love said. "Immediately we had Springfield Township, Mount Healthy and North College Hill come over. Everyone was on high alert. It seems to have been settled now, the question is what was all this?"