HAMILTON, Ohio — A 17-year-old has been charged with a shocking fatal shooting witnessed by neighbors and security cam video two weeks ago, the Journal News reported.
The teen has been charged with murder for allegedly killing 19-year-old Shon Walker on June 27 in the 400 block of East Avenue. The accused teen has been in the Butler County Juvenile Detention Center since Tuesday on a probation violation.
Walker, 19, was shot point blank in bright daylight just after 9 p.m. A porch video showed Walker and two others riding bicycles down the street and stopping on the sidewalk, where the shooter raised a gun at Walker and fired.
Hamilton Police Chief Craig Bucheit said an arrest was made despite lack of cooperation from some in the city.
“I want to acknowledge and commend the tremendous work of our officers that led to this arrest despite frustrating levels of cooperation and even outright efforts to destroy evidence by people in the neighborhood,” Bucheit said.
“I hope this arrest brings closure to a grieving family and to a string of violence that has gone on far too long.”
The teen is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Butler County Juvenile Court by Judge Ronald Craft
Multiple people called 911 to report the shooting, and one also told dispatchers the young man’s name was as he lie bleeding on the sidewalk.
Crews were called to the 400 block of East Avenue and found Walker. He was beyond medical help at that time, according to police.
An East Avenue resident’s security cameras captured the shooting on video. Two males on bicycles are seen in the video.
“They cornered him and were talking,” said James, who did not want his last name disclosed. “Then they pulled out a gun and shot him point black.”
Within hours, candles and plush animals adorned the site where Walker died within hours. The memorial has grown to include even more candles, a large wooden cross, flowers and sidewalk art.
The homicide is the second of 2019 in Hamilton. On Jan. 26, 18-year-old Londale Harvey was gunned down while getting into his car in the city’s Lindenwald neighborhood. Like Walker’s death, police say Harvey’s slaying was not a random act.
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