FOREST PARK, OH (FOX19) -
Police are investigating a shooting that has left one person dead in Forest Park Saturday morning.
Around 2 a.m., officers were dispatched to the Uptown Lounge in the 600 block of Northland Blvd for shots fired. According to officials while investigating an exchange of gunfire between patrons and security guards, a separate shooting occurred in the adjoining parking lot.
According to police, Nyle Proffit, was shot twice by an unknown person. Proffit was transported to University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
"We have a young man who should be in the prime of his life, enjoying life, and he is shot dead in a parking lot with 150 people and not one, single person has come forward," said Forest Park Police Lt. Rick Jones.
Despite there being at least 150 people in the parking lot, police say no witnesses have come forward.
"We need the public's help," Forest Park Lt. Rick Jones says. "We believe there is somebody out there that witnessed this event and we are asking,
we are pleading for them to come forward."
One flickering candle breaks through the nightfall on Folchi Drive in College Hill.
"It's just sad. I'm just hurt," said Proffit's friend, Ryan Hutcherson.
A makeshift memorial takes over the sidewalk in a neighborhood where everyone knew who Proffit was.
"He was a real respectful, positive guy. A real positive person in the neighborhood. He was one of my real good personal little brothers," said Hutcherson.
"We all need to stick together and put the guns down," said Hutcherson.
Proffit's cousin Merrick Collins says it's upsetting that no one will come forward with any answers.
"I think there's a lot of fear but I'm asking for someone to be brave, someone to make a stand. I know that people want to retaliate but
that's the type of stand we're looking for, we're looking for justice," said Merrick Collins.
While the police are pleading with the public for information, it's no easier for the neighborhood to stomach the loss of a friend they'll never forget.
"I seen him that night. You see this right here (pointing to memorial on Folchi Drive), but you still expect him to walk up," Lantana said.
"I just know we lost somebody good, and it's sad it had to happen like that," said Lantana, a friend of Proffit.
At this time, police do not believe the two shootings to be related.
Collins says Proffit leaves behind a five year old son, and he adds the violence just doesn't make sense.
"Do you really want to go to jail for the rest of your life about something that you can really work out? And if you can't work it out
just let it go. It's not really worth someone's life and it's not worth your life," said Collins.
Jones also notes that witnesses can be anonymous.
Forest Park Police Department is requesting that anyone with information contact them or CrimeStoppers at 513-352-3040.
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