Teen shot in leg in downtown Cincinnati

Person shot in leg in Downtown (WKRC)

CINCINNATI, Ohio (WKRC) - A 16-year-old boy was shot in the leg at Government Square Friday morning during a fight with another teen as they waited for the bus.

Cincinnati Police said the bullet did not do a lot of damage since it went through his leg. The teen was released from the hospital after being treated for the wound. Police were looking for the shooter Friday because they knew his name. He and the teen who was shot knew each other.

A man who did not want his name used said the boy who was shot punched another teenage boy in the face at around 9 a.m. The man, who is an ordained minister, said he tried to diffuse the situation to no avail.

"Once he walks away, the other guy walks away and he pulls a gun out and shoots him. I didn't realize he got shot," the man said.

Someone drove the teen boy the hospital. Cam Hardy, an advocate for better bus service, said he had just walked off the bus when the shooting happened.

"I was over there at Fifth Third and I heard one gunshot. Well, what I thought was a gunshot. I didn't know what it was," Hardy said.

Hardy said he saw a teenage boy run down Walnut Street. Police said Friday that shootings in the Central Business District are rare. Including the shooting at the Fifth Third Center in September where three men were killed and two people were wounded, this is the second shooting incident in downtown in 2018.

"It is kind of frightening, but I do feel safe. I think Government Square is safe," Hardy said.

The man who tried to break up the fight found what happened disheartening.

"It's sad. It is sad. To me, it's sad; life is precious and let's not do that to each other," he said.

Police said the behavior was unacceptable.

"People need to stop playing around with guns and resolving situations this way. That's got to stop," said Lt. Steve Saunders of the Cincinnati Police Department. "We need people, adults in their lives, people that have influence in their lives to stand up and say something."

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