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Suspect arrested in Wednesday's Over-The-Rhine shooting

Authorities responded just before 9 a.m. to the scene on Vine near Mercer. (FOX19 NOW/Megan O'Rouke) Authorities responded just before 9 a.m. to the scene on Vine near Mercer. (FOX19 NOW/Megan O'Rouke)
The victim, Gregory Douglas. Provided by Cincinnati PD. The victim, Gregory Douglas. Provided by Cincinnati PD.
Darnell Higgins (Photo provided by Hamilton County jail) Darnell Higgins (Photo provided by Hamilton County jail)
OVER THE RHINE, OH (FOX19) - The suspect in the April 29 Over-The-Rhine fatal shooting was indicted Friday.

Darnell Higgins, 28, was arrested by the Youth Services Unit on May 1 and transported to Hamilton County jail. He was indicted with aggravated murder for the death of Gregory Douglas.

Police say Douglas, 33, was targeted just before 9 a.m. on April 29 near popular eateries The Eagle and Happy Belly on Vine Street at Mercer Street.

Higgins drove up in a green Chevrolet Impala, killed Douglas and then sped off, last seen northbound on Vine. 

Witnesses helped police identify Higgins as the assailant.

The broad daylight homicide was the second fatal shooting in Over-the-Rhine in less than a week, but police insist the community is still safe to live, work and shop.

"We've had six shootings in OTR and District 1 as a whole so far this year and this time last year we had 12, so we are trending in the right direction," Blackwell said in an appearance Friday on FOX19 NOW Morning News.

"That doesn't make you as a resident down there or any of the residents down there not concerned because the fear of crime is as prevalent as the actual crime."

To emphasize the police department and city administration's dedication to Over-the-Rhine, Blackwell said he took his son to dinner there this week. 

City Manager Harry Black and Mayor John Cranley also made a point to eat in the neighborhood.

Violent crimes such as aggravated assaults and robbery are up 69 percent in the last month in the District 1 police area, which includes Over-the-Rhine and the West End, city records show. 

Overall, however, total violent crimes are down 28 percent in that area so far this year compared with the same time period in a 3-year average.

Specifically to Over-the-Rhine, crime fell in 2014. Shootings, including some fatal, were down to 28 from 56 reported in 2013, city records show. Back in 2005, that number was approaching 100.

When you look closer at the 2014 crime statistics, the more common crimes where theft, simple assault, and criminal damaging.

In 2014, there were six felonious assaults and two armed robberies.

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