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Chief: 25 Cincinnati shootings in the past week

Cincinnati Police Chief Blackwell addressed the recent spike in shootings in the inner-city (Photo: FOX19 NOW) Cincinnati Police Chief Blackwell addressed the recent spike in shootings in the inner-city (Photo: FOX19 NOW)
Cincinnati police released surveillance photos Thursday of the suspected gunman who opened fire on Reading Road. (Photo provided) Cincinnati police released surveillance photos Thursday of the suspected gunman who opened fire on Reading Road. (Photo provided)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Safety concerns are rising after 14 people were shot in Cincinnati over the past week.

"We see a spike every year in the spring," said Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell.

But after the city's top cop sat down with FOX19 NOW Thursday, he said his concerns have shot up as well.

"We've had an exceptionally bad week for shootings. We had about 25 shootings in the past week," Blackwell acknowledged.

Someone suffered non-life threatening injuries in the city's latest shooting Thursday, in Winton Hills

Police are still investigating two drive-by shootings that occurred Wednesday night. They released surveillance photos Thursday of the suspected gunman who opened fire on Reading Road that struck a Metro bus near McGregor Avenue, spraying glass near a 4-month-old baby and on an adult passenger who suffered a cut knee.

Those are just some of the shootings Cincinnati has seen in the past week.

Police records show 51 people have been shot in the last month. Last year, there were 37 in the same time span.

Of the 14 shooting victims this week, none died, but Chief Blackwell says that may just be the luck of the draw.

"The only difference between a homicide and a shooting is marksmanship or access to level one trauma care," Blackwell said.

Blackwell says these are not your typical drug and gang related shootings.

"They're tied more loosely to just disrespect and turf issues in our city," Blackwell said.

Blackwell says the total disregard for the safety of Cincinnatians is what officers will now have to to focus on.

"We're going to address that. Very focus with a lot of specificity. We are not going to change our whole operational platform," Blackwell said.

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