Man shot while driving traveled 2 blocks before slamming into apartment building near UC
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Gunfire near the University of Cincinnati ends with a wounded man driving his car into an off-campus apartment building.
No students were injured, but the shooting victim is recovering after leaving a trail of wreckage along McMillan Avenue.
You could see where the car ended up at the CP Cincy Student Apartments at McMillan and Highland.
The scene at about 3 a.m. Monday morning included a black Tahoe smashed against a wall with three bullet holes in the vehicles windshield and a fourth through the rear-view mirror.
Witnesses say it started further down the road. Several UC students who live two blocks away got an unexpected wakeup call.
“I just woke up to these loud bangs. It was so loud. I thought someone was at our door,” said Elizabeth Staab, a UC student.
“It was 2:30 in the morning. I woke up to I think about four or five gunshots. They were pretty loud. I had my window cracked open,” said Sidney White, a UC student.
Shell casings were recovered near McMillan and Auburn. One witness says he saw the Tahoe swerving down McMillan, clipping off a street sign before weaving back into traffic.
The vehicle went off the road near Maplewood again. The tracks in the wet grass show how it busted a guide wire and clipped a parked car before slamming into the brick wall outside Apartment 112.
“I went to my window right there. Didn't have my glasses on. Couldn't see much and then maybe three minutes later I heard a few ambulances,” said Staab.
Police say 40-year-old driver Tenellas White was having trouble breathing and suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest.
A 911 caller from the fifth floor of the apartments said she woke up thinking it was an earthquake. No one in the building was injured. Most heard nothing, but their classmates a few blocks away had a sleepless night.
“I think that it's terrifying seeing as it was so close to me and if it did come from behind me I could have been shot through my window,” said White.
“So scary. So sad that it's so close,” said Staab.
There has not been an update on Tenellas White's condition.
Police are still looking for the shooter who faces a felonious assault charge.
Shooting victim Tenellas White has served time for trafficking cocaine. He also has faced drug possession and robbery charges in the past.