Victims identified in Colerain Township shootings, no suspects in custody

By Rontina McCann - email | bio

COLERAIN (FOX 19) -- Four people are shot in the middle of the afternoon in a Colerain subdivision Saturday.

Two men are dead and no one has been arrested.

Authorities believe there is more than one suspect in this crime, but will not release anymore information on the shooter or shooters.

The homeowner, 30 year-old Shamara Y. Reed, called Hamilton County 911 dispatchers just before 2 p.m.

According to the 911 call, Reed was calling from the basement of her Windsong Drive home. She told dispatchers that she and her friend, 29 year-old Crystal L. Smith-Carlson, were both shot in the head.

Smith-Carlson was visiting from Lovespark, Ill.

On the call Reed says, "I've just been shot at my house ... and he still might be in here."

The dispatcher asked, "Who shot you?"

Reed said she didn't know.

You could hear Smith-Carlson crying in the background of the call. Reed then tells police that her ex-fiance, 32 year-old Michael D. Carter of Cincinnati, was already dead from the gunshot wound he suffered. Another man, who police have not identified because they are awaiting family notification, was also shot to death in the basement.

Smith-Carlson and Reed are both in serious condition at University Hospital.

While waiting for police to arrive, the dispatcher kept Reed on the phone. She asked Reed why did the gunman say they were at the house. Reed answered, "They were looking for money, I don't know, I'm clueless, I didn't even know they were here."

Reed says she was sleeping and awoke to the gunfire.

Off-camera, a neighbor tells Fox 19 that she did not hear gunfire Saturday afternoon, but she did see police surround the home with their weapons drawn. She says officers told her to stay inside.

Another neighbor, Ila Hagl, has lived in Colerain her entire life. She says what happened is shocking. "It is bad enough at anytime, but at broad daylight this happening, its scary," Hagl says.

Minnie Mitchem just moved to Windsong, she says it has always been quiet, until now. "People used to solve things, talking and fighting and when that was over it was over. But now, they shoot and its bad, its bad," Mitchem says.

Two vehicles parked near the home were towed away as part of the crime scene. A BMW with an Ohio license plate and a jeep with an Illinois tag.

The Colerain Twp. police dept. originally responded to the shooting and turned the crime scene over to the Hamilton County Criminal Investigation Section.

If you have information you can contact the Hamilton County Sheriff's office at 513-825-1500.

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