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Cincinnati police address increase in violence downtown
CINCINNATI (Deb Dixon) -- Murder one night and a drive-by the next in Cincinnati's oldest park, Piatt Park, between Elm and Vine.
On Wednesday, Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell announced a warrant for the arrest of Fonte Williams for the murder of Joshua Taylor on Monday.
Chief Blackwell believes Williams is also responsible for a drive-by shooting at the park Tuesday night that injured three people sitting by a memorial.
Blackwell calls the violence connected, but isolated.
The murder happened after words were exchanged between Taylor and Williams. According to the investigation, the words weren't related to drugs or gangs, but with a woman Taylor was with.
Then a car drove by the park, spraying bullets at friends of Taylor's sitting by a memorial for him. It's unusual violence for downtown.
The plan? Cops and more cops. They were in the Park Wednesday walking and watching. Some are undercover. It's good news for the the library across the street from the park: it has security, but it's going to add more.
So far, the shootings across the street hasn't affected library visits.
At the park, people still sat in the shade of the urban park Wednesday, right next to the statue of former president, James Garfield, and right next to a memorial to Monday night's murder victim.
If you can help police find Fonte Williams, call Crimestoppers at 352-3040.
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