Who shot man in face on busy Downtown bridge?

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati police are asking for the public's help to learn more about how a man wound up shot in the face and critically wounded on a busy Downtown bridge over the weekend.

James "Jimbo" Back, 40, was found suffering from a gunshot wound on the sidewalk along the Taylor Southgate Bridge early Sunday.

People walking by saw him and called police.

He was last seen Saturday night when he was dropped off for a concert at Bogart's in Clifton.

The victim is currently unable to speak with investigators due to his injury.

The victim's brother-in-law, Davey Norton, said he will need reconstructive surgery on his face.

"They said he was walking home when this ambush happened," he said.

Norton said his wife, the victim's sister, has not left her brother's side at the hospital.

He said "Jimbo" will be undergoing four surgeries.

"They have to reconstruct his whole side of his face right there. Well when the bullet went in this way... and the doctor said it was like a 9 mm handgun that did it. So if it went straight through it would have killed him," he said. "I want to thank the people who found Jimmy because without them he wouldn't be alive today."

Norton said his wife asked him if he knows who shot him.

"He knows who did it to him there is no doubt, because she asked the nurse, 'Jimmy do you think he can tell us who did it,' and he shook his leg violently... so he knows who did it. Hopefully we find the guy and bring him to justice."

Cincinnati police want anyone who saw the victim at the Dopapod concert at Bogart's, or saw him after the concert to call 513-352-5446 or 513-352-3040.

Callers may remain anonymous and may receive compensation for their information.

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