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Clergy and citizens concerned about rise in gun violence

Local owner adds surveillance cameras after recent string of violence (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Gordon Graham) Local owner adds surveillance cameras after recent string of violence (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Gordon Graham)
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Members of the local community reacted on Wednesday to the recent spike in shootings as bullets continue to ring out in downtown neighborhoods.

During a press conference downtown Bishop Bobby Hilton said young people shooting one another has to stop.

“We are outraged at the many young people that lose lives at the hands of other young Black people," said Hilton. "We're outraged about that and we address that and we will be doing things standing against that.”

Hilton said there is growing concern about the recent up-tick in violence plaguing Cincinnati, such as Tuesday night's shooting in Walnut Hills which left an 18-year-old wounded. In the commotion surrounding that shooting, a two-year-old boy was hit by an ambulance as the tyke's grandmother went to see what was happening.

Last week, there was a shooting caught on surveillance camera as one man fired back at another shooter. It happened along the same stretch of Reading Road as Tuesday's shooting near the Shell station which nearby resident, Kenneth Jackson, said is a magnet for trouble.

“I believe it all came with the service station because before it was there it was a night club and it just didn't take place then," said Jackson. "With the gas station you have so many different people coming through and I guess the drug dealers go there too,” said Kenneth Jackson.

That's an opinion shared by Cincinnati Police and Jonathan Ambaya, who owns Tri State Motors. Ambaya said his location makes some customers nervous.

“A few customers called me and said they don't want to come here past five o'clock because they're scared of what's going on in the neighborhood,” said Ambaya.

Ambaya wants to keep a better eye on what's going so he's upgrading his video surveillance system.

There are differing opinions on who is responsible for all the violence, but Reverend Damon Lynch bristles at the suggestion that it's the fault of one group of people.

“There's no such thing as Black on Black crime. There's crime and crime needs to be dealt with. The term Black on Black crime is just used as a pejorative to criminalize an entire race of people,” said Lynch.

District four police commander captain Maris Herold told FOX19 NOW they've obtained invested a lot of resources in that area around Reading Road and McGregor Ave.

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