Lachey's employee's car stolen as he helped Thanksgiving shooting victim
OVER-THE-RHINE, Ohio (WKRC) - There's a new wrinkle in the Thanksgiving Day shooting of a local bar manager.
Another employee of Lachey's bar also became a victim.
Lachey's doorman Keith Anderson saw most of what happened that night and came to Elie Richardson's aid. He also talked to investigators.
And while he was doing that, he witnessed a second crime, someone stealing his car. A car that was full of Christmas presents for his four kids.
Keith Anderson's car was later found in Hamilton about a week after Thanksgiving. It was trashed and empty.
“The guy got the key. Got everything in it. My laptop, cellphone, kid’s toys. Tore the car up. I lost a lot that night,” said Anderson.
It was a wild night for a lot of people. Anderson ran to Ellie Richardson’s aid after she was shot in the street. He called for help. After she was taken away by ambulance, Anderson stayed warm in his car, parked next to Lachey's on Walnut. About an hour later, he got out to talk to detectives.
“I come back literally four-five minutes. We have a conversation. I come back, I see my car reversing
I'm struggling to open the door my friend's trying to open the driver door and he just pulls off,” said Anderson.
The car is stolen in an active crime scene crawling with police.
“Yea, it was taped off. He drove off under the tape,” said Anderson.
And into the darkness going the wrong way on Walnut. Gone was Keith Anderson’s only way to get to and from work and $900 worth of Christmas presents for his children.
“It's a big loss. Hopefully, I can work enough and get some gifts for them this Christmas. It won't be a bad Christmas but it won't be as good as it was supposed to be,” said Anderson.
A “YouCaring” page has been launched to raise money for a car and Christmas gifts. Anderson says he's grateful and is quick to remind people that Ellie Richardson is the real victim from that night.
“I just try and stay in a good mood every day. The rest of the stuff is material, but I'm still here and that counts the most,” said Anderson.
Anderson thinks his car was stolen by a homeless person. He got a pretty good description and shared it with police.
Anderson has four young children and a fifth on the way. If you'd like to chip in to help Keith Anderson, you can find a link to the donation page here.