CINCINNATI (FOX19) - A 16-year-old male is dead in a fatal shooting in Cincinnati early Wednesday, according to Cincinnati police.
Officers said they found the teen suffering from a gunshot wound to his chest outside a home in the 1700 block of Baltimore Avenue just before 3 a.m. Multiple people called 911 to report they heard two gunshots.
The teen was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
The Hamilton County Coroner’s Office identified him as Gavin Morgan.
Police say the scene was both inside and outside the home, though as of Wednesday afternoon they do not know the circumstances of the shooting.
“I was really thinking, what has gone wrong in the neighborhood again?” Neighbor Jesse Sammie said. “Because there’s young sons here that rip and run, and most of the time you hear gunfire, but you don’t really know what’s going on.”
Morgan’s mother, Tamela says she was called by a neighbor this morning who relayed the news.
Tamela believes it was an accidental, self-inflicted gunshot wound. She says Morgan, whom she describes as having a “heart of gold,” was so scared walking around the streets lately he had a gun on him to protect himself.
It’s a climate of risk Sammie corroborates.
“I have locks on my door,” she said. “I have double locks on my door and I have a camera inside my house just to prevent any intruder from entering.”
Cincinnati has seen 357 shootings and 69 homicides so far this year with this morning’s fatal shooting.
The city is expected to have a record number of homicides this year.