Teen's shooting death may be gang-related

Officials say fatal shooting in Walnut Hills may be gang-related

WALNUT HILLS (FOX19) - A 15-year-old boy was gunned down in the city's latest homicide Tuesday as shootings close in on a nearly 10-year high.

Crews responded to 3:15 p.m. reports of shots fired at the intersection of William Howard Taft Road and Park Avenue.

Nathaniel Scott was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead shortly after.

"This is usually a pretty calm area. Another random act of violence. It just breaks my heart," said Capt. Maris Herold with the Cincinnati Police Department.

Officials confirmed to FOX19 NOW that investigators are looking to see if the incident was gang-related.

In a report released on Tuesday, it says the city is on par to with the highest number of shooting victims since 2006.

"They're in a dog-eat-dog survival mode, and it's basically manifesting itself everyday on the streets," said local pastor Pete Mingo.

Mingo does outreach work with the city's Human Relations Commission.

"What we're going to have to do to turn it around is neighborhoods are going to have to come together. Families are going to have to come together. We have to become a village again," Mingo said.

Police are asking for the community's help, too.

"It seems like I say this all the time, but it's the truth. I can't do this, the police can't do this without the community. If you have any information, please step forward and help us out," said Capt. Herold.

Police are interviewing witnesses, and have recovered weapons. There is no word on suspects.

"This is going to be a terrible summer if we can't get it together," Herold said.

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