Activists out after 4 young people shot in East Price Hill
EAST PRICE HILL, Ohio (WKRC) – A day after a local shooting that left four people hurt, a suspect is in custody and groups are working with police to bring things under control.
On Elberon Avenue, a group of boys is busy mowing lawns in vacant lots and cleaning up the neighborhood.
They're part of the Price Hill Safety CAT Summer Youth Work Program.
Organizer and community activist Patti Hogan supervises the teens.
She said, “17-year-olds are the crew chiefs and they're teaching the younger kids and showing them the how to's.”
Two members of the clean-up crew are missing, 16 and 18-year-old brothers who were two of four young people shot Thursday evening at Ross and Glenway Avenues
“I was pretty upset when I found out who it was yesterday because they're good kids,” said Hogan. “The two that I know, one of them got shot in the wrist and one got shot in the chest.”
Police say the shooting happened during a dice game. None of the victims had guns and nothing happened during the dice game that led to the shooting.
Instead, investigators say Da'von Owens, who was not part of the game, ambushed the group and opened fire.
Friday, street workers with Cincinnati’s Human Relations Commission went door to door handing out anti-violence fliers and posters of unsolved murders.
Reverend Alvin Scales said, “I'm bothered by this, but I know this particular trend is getting younger and younger.”
They're hoping that the community and police can work together and get things under control soon.
Hogan said, “That site up there where this happened last night has been the source of this kind of problem for over ten years and we're tired.”
Scales added, “It's not even summer yet and I’m kind of afraid about what's going to happen as summer months come, but again I will not lose hope.”