Bond Hill homicide is eighth in past 10 days

Bond Hill homicide (VIDEO)
Published: May. 28, 2015 at 2:06 PM EDT|Updated: May. 28, 2015 at 9:27 PM EDT
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Eric Moore (Source: Cincinnati Police)
Eric Moore (Source: Cincinnati Police)

BOND HILL, OH (FOX19) - The man shot and killed on Thursday morning was the eighth homicide case in the city over the past 10 days.

The victim was shot multiple times around 9:50 a.m. on Joseph Street.

Cincinnati Police identified the victim was 31-year-old Eric Moore. Police say upon arriving at the scene, Moore was found deceased on the sidewalk.

"I'm angry. I'm angry. That's my cousin, my rollie, like my little brother and you all took his life," said Moore's relative, Brandy Stewart.

Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell said the victim, who was in his 20s, had been involved in another shooting one month ago.

"The shooting was as a result of some type of personal beef or situation he had with another known suspect," said Blackwell.

Chief Blackwell says his officers tried to save the man's life.

"Our officers did administer CPR to try to save his life. He was shot multiple times and succumbed to his injuries," said Blackwell

He says the victim and suspect are no strangers to gunfire.

"The subject has been shot before. The victim was shot about a month ago multiple times as well. We don't want to give out too much information at this time, but we do have some good leads on the suspect and we hopefully will be making a very quick apprehension," said Blackwell.

The gunman fled in a red Ford Fusion or Focus. Blackwell said investigators have firm leads on a suspect.

Cincinnati Police are asking that anyone with information to call CrimeStoppers at 352-3040.

This homicide is the second one in about 12 hours in Cincinnati and this shooting is the third one in the same time period as shootings are at their highest level in a decade.

Through Sunday, 199 shootings were reported city-wide in the past six months. That's the highest number during a six month period over the last ten years, city records show.

City councilman Christopher Smitherman is calling on the chief to take officers out of specialized units and put them on the street.

"Our officers now are chasing the radio. We've got to have enough officers to do that pro-active policing that citizens require that we do and right now that's not happening," said Smitherman.

But Chief Blackwell says more officers will not end the violence.

"More officers don't have an impact on homicide numbers. They simply don't. Increased visibility doesn't impact homicides. It impacts other things and obviously we want to be able to impact all crime, but I don't think anymore officers would have changed the scenario here," said Blackwell.

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