Fight over sister led to fatal shooting of former Northwest student, officials say

Shooting near Northwest High School left 2012 grad dead

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio (FOX19) - Northwest High School says one of their former students was killed in a shooting police say began as a fight over the sister of one of the victims involved.

Rashad Ameer Shahid, 25, was found fatally shot at 2:50 p.m. about a block away from the school in the area of Newmarket and Butterwick Drives Thursday.

Northwest High School confirmed the victim, who police say is Shahid, was a 2012 graduate of their school.

Another victim, Dante Walker, was wounded and taken to the hospital. School officials say one of their students, who FOX19 NOW has learned is Walker, is a current student and has non-life threatening injuries.

Colerain Township police say the shooting began as a fight over one of the victims’ sisters.

Friday, Bond was set at $1.5 million for one of the suspects.

Brian Holmes Jr., 18, of East Price Hill is held at the Hamilton County jail on charges of murder and felonious assault, court records show.

The second suspect, Jamar Flagg, 17, of Colerain Township, is held without bond at the county’s juvenile detention facility in Mt. Auburn.

Northwest High school says the suspect who possessed the gun, who FOX19 NOW has learned is Holmes, was not an NWHS student.

The school also confirmed another current student was involved in the shooting, who FOX19 NOW has learned is Flagg.

Colerain Township police implored the judge during Holmes’ brief bond hearing to give him a high bond. They said he was asked to come to school for a fight but brought a gun.

Holmes and Flagg were walking on Newmarket Drive near Butterwick when two vehicles pulled up to the intersection, police records show.

“The occupants exited the vehicle to approach defendant and co-defendant when co-defendant pulled a (.45-caliber) gun and started shooting,” police wrote in Flagg’s arrest report.

“Defendant and victim transported to (University of Cincinnati Medical Center) were in a dispute over victim’s siste (sic). Defendant admitted to be with shooter before, during and after incident.”

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

A short time later, police took Holmes and the other teen suspect into custody on murder charges.

Northwest High School said Friday they went into ‘full lockdown’ due to the gunshots and all students who were immediately outside of the building were ushered back into the school and the doors were locked.

They say proper A.L.I.C.E. protocol was followed, which meant since the shooter had not been identified, students who returned to the building after the shooting were not allowed inside.

A.L.I.C.E. is a national active shooter training and preparedness model, the school says.

Students inside the school were kept in a secure location until family members arrived to pick them up and NWHS parents were notified by phone and email of the lockdown, school officials say.

They say earlier Thursday, NWHS administrators and staff contacted the parents of the two current students, Walker and Flagg, involved in the incident after rumors circulated of a potential fight to take place after school.

School officials say no fight took place during school or on school property Thursday involving the students.

Northwest High School closed Friday, and all activities are canceled. School officials said counselors are available and the school is working with The Children’s Home of Cincinnati to provide counseling.

Students and parents interested in speaking with a counselor can call 513-851-7300, the school says.

They released this statement regarding the shooting Thursday:

"We appreciate all of the support we have received from our local law enforcement agencies and the cooperation of our teachers and staff in keeping our buildings and our students safe. We are saddened by the events that transpired yesterday afternoon in our community. We are asking everyone to keep our students, their families and our community in your thoughts.

On November 21st at 2:50 PM, 10 minutes after dismissal, Northwest High School (NWHS) went into full lockdown due to gunshots fired on Newmarket Drive. Colerain Police Department (CPD) was notified and were on the scene. At the time when gunshots were heard, students who were immediately outside of the building were ushered back into the school and the doors were locked. Following proper A.L.I.C.E protocol, since the shooter had not been identified, individuals that later returned to the building were not granted re-entry. A.L.I.C.E is a national active shooter training & preparedness model. Students were held in a secure location until family members arrived to pick them up. NWHS parents were notified by phone and email of the lockdown.

On arrival, Colerain Police began investigating the situation. We do know at this time that four individuals were involved. Two are current NWHS students, one a past NWHS graduate from 2012 and the fourth individual was a non-student who possessed the gun. The 2012 graduate was fatally injured and one NWHS student incurred non-life threatening injuries. At this time, there is no evidence of the utilized weapon being inside of the high school. There is still an active investigation that is underway by the Colerain Police Department.

Earlier in the day our NWHS administrators and staff had contacted the parents of the two students involved in the November 21st incident after rumors circulated of a potential altercation to take place after school. Our administration has confirmed that there was not an altercation that took place during school or on school property yesterday involving these two individuals, and that our administrators followed the proper de-escalation protocols to mitigate any potential situation.

“Our district has policies in force to ensure the safety of our students and staff. We take this responsibility seriously,” said Todd Bowling, Superintendent of the Northwest Local School District. “We are reviewing and assessing all of the policies at this time to make sure that we continue to take the proper steps when incidents take place. Our administrators and staff are vigilant in placing a priority on maintaining the safety of our students,” said Bowling.

“We are working with the Colerain Police Department, who are present at NWHS throughout the day. We currently have additional administrative support throughout our buildings. We will also be taking the time to further educate all district staff on emergency procedures within the upcoming days,” said Bowling.

NWHS is closed today and all school activities scheduled have been cancelled. NWHS has counselors available throughout the day. The school is currently working with The Children’s Home of Cincinnati to provide the counseling. Parents and students who are interested in speaking with a counselor can call 513-851-7300.

We will keep the community posted as we continue to find out information."

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