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City officials frustrated with lack of cooperation after in string of shootings

Eight people were shot in five hours late Monday and early Tuesday, including a man in his 30s who died in the city's latest homicide, Cincinnati police said. (FOX19 NOW/Adam Schrand) Eight people were shot in five hours late Monday and early Tuesday, including a man in his 30s who died in the city's latest homicide, Cincinnati police said. (FOX19 NOW/Adam Schrand)
A man was shot during an argument outside a Walnut Hills apartment complex off Kemper Lane overnight, police said. (FOX19 NOW/Adam Schrand) A man was shot during an argument outside a Walnut Hills apartment complex off Kemper Lane overnight, police said. (FOX19 NOW/Adam Schrand)
Marcus Lampson (Source: Cincinnati Police Department) Marcus Lampson (Source: Cincinnati Police Department)
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City officials say they are frustrated with the lack of cooperation they're receiving from potential witnesses after eight people were shot in five hours late Monday and early Tuesday, leaving one dead.

"There is a very small group of people in this community who are terrorizing certain neighborhoods," said City councilman Chris Smitherman. 

Five people - four adults and a toddler - shot about 8:30 p.m. Monday in a single incident in Evanston, three other men were shot by 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, said Lt. Tim Brown, the night chief.

 "When babies are starting to be shot in the street and you don't have the community saying zero tolerance, we have a value issue here and I'm challenging that," Smitherman said.

“I think that’s its really unfortunate. It’s unfortunate because we all lose. When something like this happen, we all lose,” said Evanston resident Candace Tubbs.

Smitherman says in order to stop this violence, people have to start speaking up.

"We have to challenge this no snitch mentality of the 'I'm not going to cooperate with police' and those who do are viewed as outsiders in their own community," Smitherman said.  

All except the homicide victim are expected to recover. None of the shootings appear to be connected, police said. No arrests were made.

"The community has to decide that they want to take back, that we want to take back, our neighborhoods and that we have to protect those people who cooperate with the police," Smitherman said. 

“It’s beef, it’s conflict; we don’t know how to resolve our conflict, so violence is all we know. Sometimes violence is all we’ve seen in our community,” said Tubbs.

Homicide investigators responded to Cedar and Hamilton avenues in College Hill after a man was found down in a driveway at Blue Fountain Apartments just before 1:30 a.m., said Lt. Tim Brown, the night chief.

Police identified the victim as Marcus Lampson, 30. He was shot several times during an argument with two gunmen who ran off and remain at large.

Lampson was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Earlier, just before midnight, a 53-year-old man was shot in the neck after after arguing with a known suspect outside an apartment complex on Kemper Lane near Windsor Street, according to Brown.

Police are searching for a suspect who fled with a backpack.

Then, a bicyclist, 34, told police he was shot by two men he did not know for no apparent reason as he stopped to get a drink of water from a fountain about 10:30 p.m. at Livingston and Linn streets in the West End, Brown said.

The victim was take to University of Cincinnati Medical Center with a gunshot wound in each leg.

Councilman Smitherman stresses that the no snitch culture has to change because the police can only change so much. 

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