Police: Woman arrested in connection with fatal Avondale shooting

Woman shot and killed in Avondale

AVONDALE, Ohio (FOX19) - A woman has been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting in Avondale Friday, according to Cincinnati police.

Police say they arrested Shaneisha Heath Saturday morning for the murder of 28-year-old Karissa Caldwell.

A coroner’s report shows that Caldwell was pronounced dead in the emergency room at University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Caldwell’s family said she was fun-loving, vibrant, witty, and the life of the party.

Karissa Caldwell, 28, was shot and killed in Avondale.
Karissa Caldwell, 28, was shot and killed in Avondale. (Source: Provided by family)

“She had an abundance of love from her family and friends. She was always upbeat and smiling,” they said.

Coroner’s officials confirmed Caldwell was the woman Cincinnati police say was found shot on the third floor of a home in the 600 block of Rockdale Avenue about 3:30 a.m. Friday.

At the time, police said Caldwell was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Officers cleared the scene by 6 a.m.

Initial police radio traffic indicated a suspect fled the scene.

FOX19 NOW spoke with Heath’s family. They say she’s not the type of person capable of doing what she’s accused of.

Family of woman arrested for murder speaks out

“Shaneisha just don’t have that in her heart to murder anyone,” they said. “She’s not a monster. She’s not nothin’ what social media is portraying her to be.”

The Heath family, who wished to remain anonymous, want people to stop speculating about what happened.

“Nobody knows what took place in that home other than Karissa and Shaneisha,” they said, “and Karissa and Shaneisha were friends.”

We reached out to Caldwell’s family for a response to the Heath’s comments, but they politely declined.

Anyone with information about the murder is asked to call the homicide unit at 513-352-3542.

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