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Community lives in fear after shooting
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (Brad Underwood) -- Afraid. That's how people in a local neighborhood were feeling the day after a man walks up to another man in a park filled with children and shoots him in the head. The suspect has not been located.
"The park is used by a lot of young people," said Celeste Davis of Middletown, "The community right now, the first concern is 'I'm afraid.'"
Many community leaders, activists, elected officials, police and citizens spent time Friday putting together a safety plan for the summer.
Pastor Michael Bailey said, "We want to make sure that they, the mothers, the fathers, the children can go down there and have fun without being put in harm's way."
It's not just fear but frustration.
Wednesday's shooting might have been avoided if witnesses had stepped up and gone on the record about a similar shooting six years ago. The one thing in common with both shootings according to police is the suspect.
Police said Juan Wofford shot Carlos Knight Wednesday in the head at Douglas Park. Because of witnesses, police were able to file charges against Wofford. Back in 2008 that wasn't the case. Wofford was the prime suspect in a homicide at the Grand Illusion nightclub.
"There were no arrests in that case; however multiple people did see the shooting occur. No one would identify the shooter," said Lt. Jim Cunningham of the Middletown Police Department.
Now, police have filed charges, but they need a location on Wofford.
Police said they do believe he is still in the Middletown area.
If you know where police can find Juan Wofford -- call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.
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