Reward boosted to find gunmen in child shootings

Reward boosted to find gunmen in child shootings
Martaisha Thomas, provided photo.
Martaisha Thomas, provided photo.

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Authorities are increasing the reward to find the gunmen responsible for injuring two innocent children.

A 4-year-old girl and 6-year-old girl were caught in gunfire in two separate Avondale shootings last month. The Crime Stoppers reward for information leading to an arrest has been increased from $1,000 to $10,000 in each case, Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell announced on Monday.

China Kinebrew, 6 is paralyzed and partially blind after being shot July 5 while riding her bicycle on Harvey Avenue. Officials said Kinebrew's family member was the possible shooting target, but have not discussed a motive or suspect in the case.

The incident closely resembles the July 31 shooting of a 4-year-old girl on Ridgeway Avenue. Martaisha Thomas was with a group of other people who were outside grilling when the gunman pulled up around 8 p.m.

He leaned out, started firing at someone in the crowd and then the vehicle took off, officials said. The child is being treated at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

Police ask anyone with information about the shootings to contact Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.

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