MT. AIRY (FOX19) - An 8-year-old was killed in a shooting in a western Cincinnati neighborhood Sunday afternoon, police officials said.
District 5 Captain Craig Gregoire said officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 4800 block of Hawaiian Terrace. When officers arrived, Gregoire said they found the child with fatal gunshot wounds.
It wasn’t publicly clear Sunday what led up to the boy’s death. Few details were released as dozens of police officers and homicide detectives remained on scene investigating most of the afternoon.
“I don’t have any details of the investigation. This is unfolding, but I want to say that our hearts and our prayers are out with the family," the police captain told reporters at the scene. “This is a very tragic day for all and we are trying to get to the bottom of this.”
Cincinnati City Councilwoman Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney issued a statement Sunday noting the city’s homicide rate has dramatically increased so far this year compared to the same time last year.
“Cincinnati’s homicide rate is more than double what it was last year, and today we heard that an 8-year-old child was added to the list of victims. At this point, we don’t know any details about the shooting, but we do know that all life is precious, and this young child deserved to be protected. All of our children and all of our citizens deserve to live in safety. Our prayers go to the family of the young victim and our hearts are with them.”
Anyone with information about this case, is urged to call the Cincinnati Police Homicide Unit: 513-352-3542.