Two brothers charged in deadly Walnut Hills shooting

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Donyell Walker and Miniko Hicks. Photo provided by Cincinnati Police Department.
Donyell Walker and Miniko Hicks. Photo provided by Cincinnati Police Department.
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WALNUT HILLS, OH ( FOX19) - Police continue to try to piece together what happened Friday afternoon when shots rang out in a Cincinnati neighborhood leaving four people wounded and a 14-year-old boy dead.

Officers said two brothers, Miniko Hicks, 20, and Donyell Walker, 18, were each charged with one count of murder.

The shooting was reported 3:15 p.m. Friday near Reading road, Essex place and William Howard Taft.  Ronald Caulton said he and a few friends were sitting in a nearby White Castle when a fight unfolded across the street.

"We were over here drinking coffee until we saw them up there getting ready to fight. We really didn't think anything about it until the gunshots rang out," says Caulton.

Caulton said he saw as many as 50 young people crowding the sidewalks near William Howard Taft road. As soon as he heard shots ring out, he ran to help.

"There was a lot of people and a lot of pandemonium going on and then when I went up there, he was laying in the street. His pulse might have been very faint. Then the paramedics came and took him to the hospital. I was just praying all the way up until I got home and heard that he didn't make it," says Caulton.

Cincinnati police said the 14-year-old, identified as Jashawn Martin, died on the way to the hospital. The three others had non-life threatening injuries. Shortly after the shooting, police took three suspects into custody. Investigators spent Friday evening interviewing witnesses trying to learn more about the deadly shooting.

"We do know that it involved a lot of young people against another group of young people and a senseless murder. It could have jeopardized dozens if not hundreds of innocent people at this very busy intersection," says Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell.

While police say the situation could have been much worse with many more being shot, Ronald Caulton can't forget the one who was shot and didn't make it.

"While I had my jacket on him, I had my cross that was hanging over him so I really believe that he was taken care of. That he was really actually covered during those last moments of his life. That he really was not by himself," says Caulton.

Police believe several more could be involved. Chief Blackwell said police are on high alert for retaliatory acts.

He also made his message clear that violence like will not be tolerated in the Queen City, and they will use every means necessary to apprehend those responsible.

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