Counterfeit check operation uncovered during shooting investigation

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Police say they recovered a traveling counterfeit check making operation while investigating a shooting that occurred on Tuesday.

A man was found shot around 7 p.m. at the corner of Elm and 7th streets in Downtown Cincinnati.

Police have identified the victim as Carlas Rucker, 29. He and his fiance, Janet Henry, 26, are from the Atlanta area and were staying at the Travel Lodge in Newport.

Investigators say Rucker and Henry picked up a male black passenger in his 20's at Washington Park with the intention of purchasing drugs.

Henry told police that when the man got in the car, he pulled a gun and demanded money. That led to an argument between Rucker and the man, and the man fired three shots at Rucker, striking him in the chest and arm.

That caused Rucker to being driving erratically and he traveled the wrong way on Elm Street into the Central Business District, where the car came to a rest at the corner of 7th and Elm. Rucker exited the car and collapsed near the parking garage.

The suspect fled on foot north on Elm St. then east on Garfield Place. He is described as a male black in his 20's wearing all black clothing.

Rucker is listed in critical but stable condition at University Hospital and will be interviewed by investigators on Wednesday.

Henry is charged with obstructing official business for not cooperating during the investigation. In addition, police arrested Tanner Jones at the Travel Lodge for a felony warrant out of Georgia. He was staying with Rucker and Henry.

Investigators also recovered what appears to be a traveling counterfeit check making operation – blank checks, laptop and printer, cell phones, and unsigned printed checks. Police are coordinating their investigation.

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