1 dead, 1 injured in shooting near Northwest High School

School closed Friday and activities canceled

Cousin of victim in shooting near Northwest High School speaks out

COLERAIN TWP., Ohio (FOX19) - Two suspects are in custody after one person was killed and another injured in a shooting near Northwest High School Thursday afternoon, police spokesman Jim Love says.

Dispatchers said five to six shots were fired around 2:30 p.m. a few blocks away from the school on Newmarket Drive.

Dispatchers say the victim, who was found on Waycross Road, died at the scene.

Police late Thursday identified both victims in court records: Rashad Ameer Shahid, 25, and Dante Walker.

Rashad Shahid, 25
Rashad Shahid, 25 (Source: Provided to FOX19 NOW)

FOX19 NOW spoke with one of Shahid’s cousins.

“(He) touched a lot of people’s souls and hearts,” the cousin said. “He had a little boy that was left here that he really cared about. That was what he bragged about, that is what he wanted to live life and accomplish goals for.”

The cousin described Shahid as someone who ‘brought joy to your day.’ He also said he appreciates the support and prayers being sent to his family.

“To the other people out there,” he added, “don’t let this be the only time we grieve together. We have to start coming together on different, other occasions instead of death.”

Walker was transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, according to police.

Police said officers located two suspects hiding in the area of the original shots fired call on Newmarket Drive.

After a short chase, the suspects, both teenagers, were apprehended and a firearm was recovered, according to police.

Brian Holmes, 18, of Cincinnati, was arrested on a murder charge, police announced late Thursday.

He is held without bond at the Hamilton County jail on the murder charge and a second one of felonious assault, court records show.

Holmes is scheduled to make his first court appearance at 9 a.m. Friday.

The second suspect arrested is a male juvenile, police said.

His age and name were not available.

Northwest High School will be closed Friday and all activities are canceled, according to a post on the school district’s Facebook page.

Counselors will be available throughout the day for parents and students.

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