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Violence does not deter re-development in Walnut Hills

WALNUT HILLS, Ohio (Larry Davis) -- Police are still looking for the person who pulled the trigger in a deadly shooting in Walnut Hills Wednesday.

20-year-old Cameron Thompson was gunned down on McMillan Street, an area that is trying to change its violent reputation.  The administrator of the Divine Day Care Center says few, if any parents, kept their children home Thursday.  They were inside when a man collapsed in the grassy area next door.
   
Despite the ugly scene Wednesday, community leaders say good things are still happening in a neighborhood that has seen more than its fair share of violence.  The shooting occurred in broad daylight.  Cincinnati police say the victim ran some 80 feet after being shot, collapsing near a day-care center playground.
   
It happened along a stretch of McMillan street that's in the midst of a long transformation.  Vacant buildings are being redeveloped.  An old fire station will soon be Fireside Pizza.  Developers say they moving forward with a new Walnut Hills.

Kevin Wright with the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation says feeling safe is key to the success in redeveloping the neighborhood.  Replacing vacant buildings with occupied storefronts will go a long way in making the streets safe.  Despite Wednesday's violence, community leaders say the people who live here are determined to breathe new life into their neighborhood.

Positive change is also evident in other parts of Walnut Hills.  Desales Corner is home to restaurants, shops and new housing.  While some of the transformation is obvious, developers say there is a lot going on behind the scenes that will pay off for those who live, work and do business in Walnut Hills.

Police say the victim, Cameron Thompson, was not from the neighborhood.  There is no word on what led up to the shooting.  Around 6:30p.m. the Walnut Hills area council will hold its regular meeting.  Representatives from the Cincinnati Police Department are expected to address Wednesday's violence.



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