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Man shot by teens suffers severed spine, police search for suspects

CINCINNATI (Deb Dixon) -- There is outrage and anger in Northside as Gregory Tramble fights to come back from the bullet that severed his spine, paralyzing him.

A bullet that was fired during a robbery by two teenagers.  Tramble was shot for his book bag.  Cincinnati police call Tramble a truly innocent victim and they worry the teens will strike again.  The department added to the reward for  information and Thursday cops moved through the Northside neighborhood.

Northside is a close neighborhood.  Police want people to know what's going on in their backyards.

Officer Melissa Cummins of the Cincinnati Police said, "If you hear anything, know how people like to talk, I'm neighborhood liaison."

What police know is  one of Gregory Tramble's neighbors heard gunshots then saw a teen yanking Tramble's backpack away from him.  Tramble was sitting on is front porch.  The back pack has papers important to him, such as his birth certificate.  The two teenagers who ran off are young.

A neighbor said of Tramble, "Lovely man, never hurt anyone."

Tramble is slight, about 120 pounds.  The teens could have taken his backpack.  They didn't have to shoot him.  You hear about shootings, gangs, and drugs in the middle of night.  But not at lunch time, on a nice day, to a man who never hurt anyone.

"It was 12:30 in the afternoon when the kids were walking down the street. They should have been in school.  Checking to see who was out that day, but they say truancy is so high it's hard to get answers."

Police are looking for two black, male suspects that are 13 to 16-years-old.  Flyers offering a  2,000 dollar reward are going up in Northside businesses where teens hang out.  They may not be from here but police are hoping they will get some answers.

Police think the punks are talking,  even bragging, about shooting an old man too frail to fight.  The hope is they're bragging loudly enough for good people to hear.

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