Police: Home invasion suspect in the East End was shooting to kill

Surveillance: Eastern Ave. home invasion
(PHOTO: Cincinnati PD)
(PHOTO: Cincinnati PD)

EAST END (FOX19) - Cincinnati Police are looking for help in identifying a suspect that shot two people and killed a dog during a home invasion in the East End last year.

On Dec. 23, 2015, police say a man entered a home on Eastern Ave. telling the resident he was there looking to purchase something. As the victim turned his back, the suspect allegedly pulled a gun and put it to the victim's head.

Police say the victim was able to swat the semi-automatic handgun, but the bullet struck the victim's foot. The mother of the victim was inside the house at the time of the incident. After hearing the gunfire, detectives say the mother went running into the room where her son was shot.

The suspect then shot the mother twice, wounding her, and killed the family dog, according to Cincinnati PD Det. Charles Zopfi. The mother and son retreated to the kitchen, where the suspect allegedly followed.

He put the gun to the son's head at point blank range, police said. Zopfi tells FOX19 NOW the suspect tried to fire, but the handgun was empty.

"His intent in my opinion, with the first shot, all the way through the last shot was to kill," Zopfi said.

The mother and son survived the incident.

Police are asking if you recognize this suspect to call CrimeStoppers at (513) 352-3040.

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