MT. AIRY, Ohio (FOX19) - Cincinnati police are asking for the public’s help identifying three vehicles they say may have witnessed a homicide on Colerain Avenue.
Police say 18-year-old Brandon Phoenix was on his way to work at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and was waiting to catch a bus at 5453 Colerain Avenue on June 5 when he was hit by a stray bullet and killed. Detectives don’t believe Phoenix was the intended target of the shooting -- they say he had no criminal history and it appears he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The words “RIP” and “Long Live Bando” are now spray painted at the stop where the North College Hill High School graduate was killed.
“It’s just a sad thing that happened and it should’ve never happened in the first place,” said Robert Morgan, who frequents the stop.
According to Phoenix’s obituary, when he was in school he ran track and was loved by his teachers, coaches, and peers. After graduation he started working at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in the Food Service Department. His family members say he was an amazing person who is missed.
Since the shooting, police say they’ve recovered and reviewed video footage from the area and have identified and interviewed most of the people seen in the nearby vehicles. However, there are still three vehicles police are currently trying to identify who may have witnessed the shooting.
Police released video showing what they say is a 1997-1999 green Oldsmobile Cutlass and a 2001-2007 dark blue Dodge Grand Caravan. They say both were traveling north on Colerain Avenue at the same time around 1:22 p.m. June 5. Police also released a picture of a 2017-2019 white Honda Civic five-door hatchback EX or EX-L which was traveling south on Colerain Avenue around 1:22 p.m. as well.
At the time of the homicide, police said they believed it was a drive-by shooting and said a black late model Chevy was seen leaving the scene heading toward Virginia Avenue. Anyone with information on the shooting or the vehicles is asked to call the Cincinnati Police Homicide Unit at 513-352-3542, Detective Greg Gehring at 513-352-1966, or Detective Bob Randolph at 513-352-3556.