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Police: 1 hospitalized, 1 in custody after shooting in Erlanger

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Posted at 9:54 PM, Mar 09, 2022

ERLANGER, Ky. — One person is in custody after a shooting in Erlanger Wednesday night.

Charlie Loudermilk with the Erlanger Police Department said a juvenile male was taken to UC Medical Center after he was shot in the abdomen at around 7:30 p.m. on Riggs Avenue. Loudermilk said his injuries are non-life-threatening.

Reid Reynolds said his 11-year-old daughter saw the shooting happen in front of their home.

"She saw a man in a gray hoodie and he was standing here and then she saw him fire four shots," Reynolds said.

Eight departments responded to the shooting, and a "code red" was sent to residents in the area, encouraging them to stay inside while police searched for three juvenile suspects. Loudermilk later said there was only one suspect, and not three.

"Through that early chaos of people calling, interview with witnesses there in the area, unfortunately, a lot of information west passed quickly and it ultimately came out that there were three suspects," Loudermilk said. "We learned that there was actually only one shooter."

Once police learned there was only one suspect, someone who had already left the area, they said they cleared the scene and dismissed the "code red."

Three hours after the shooting, Loudermilk said 18-year-old Quenton Abell turned himself in. He was charged with assault and wanton endangerment in connection to the shooting.

Despite conflicting information during the investigation, Loudermilk said the alert did what it was supposed to do: get people emergency information as quickly as possible.

"It is a time-sensitive, urgent matter for the public to know something going on," Loudermilk said. "Whether it be weather-related or something that happened like last night where there it's an armed suspect, a violent incident that occurs, we're able to send that out."

Reynolds said the night was frightening, but he is not worried it will happen again.

"I think it just happened here that time," Reynolds said. "It just doesn't happen here. It's quiet, that's why we like it here."

Police said the shooting was an isolated incident, though they did not say what caused it. The alert system is a partnership between Boone and Kenton County. To sign up, click here.

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