19-year-old killed in shooting near OTR park

19-year-old killed in shooting near OTR park
Cincinnati police identified James Hazel, 19, as the victim of a homicide in Over the Rhine on the morning of Aug. 20 (Source: Provided)

OVER-THE-RHINE, Ohio (FOX19) - A 19-year-old is dead in a shooting near a park in Over-the-Rhine early Tuesday, Cincinnati police said.

First responders were called to Hust Alley near Lang Street and East McMicken Avenue about 1:43 a.m.

They found James Hazel dead at the scene.

Cincinnati police confirmed the shooting is a homicide and say it remains under investigation.

No arrests have been made, and no suspect information was released.

This comes after two people died in three separate shootings in just five hours in the city of Cincinnati over the weekend and a spike in shootings earlier this summer.

The victims included a 16-year-old male in the West End and a 21-year-old man riding a Metro bus in North Avondale.

Overall in Greater Cincinnati, another teenager died in a shooting, this one in Springfield Township on Saturday afternoon.

Another teenager was shot in the city of Cincinnati on Monday, a 15-year-old male in Winton Terrace. He was shot in his hip when a bullet flew through his wall.

So far this year, there have been 49 homicides in Cincinnati, counting the latest one Tuesday morning in Over-the-Rhine, according to police.

In light of all the violence, Mayor John Cranley’s office plans to offer counseling and forums in the next four to six weeks, said Shane Satterfield with the Cincinnati Health Department.

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