Victim identified in fatal Bond Hill shooting amid continued spike in violence – Cincinnati.com
Cincinnati Police are investigating a fatal shooting in Bond Hill with a victim who has life-threatening injuries.
District 4 officers were on the scene Thursday of a confirmed shooting in the 5000 block of Reading Road near Dale Road.
The victim, 37-year-old Ronald A. Williams, died after being transferred to University of Cincinnati Medical Center, police said.
Williams was sitting in a vehicle eating breakfast when the shooter walked up to the passenger side of his vehicle and fired through the windshield, according to a police report.
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Williams was shot once in the face and once in the chest, the report said.
Police said the suspect fled the scene eastbound on Dale Road in an early 2000s model gray Honda Odyssey minivan with dark tinted windows. The van has an Ohio temporary tag with a clear plastic cover.
The suspect is described as black male in his 30s, 6 feet 2 inches with a heavy build, wearing a black hoodie and black tight sweatpants with a white stripe on the sides.
Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman is on the scene of the shooting. His office cameras captured this shooting in Bond Hill.
“We’re not going to run and hide,” he said of the Bond Hill. “We’re all cooperating with one goal, which is to catch the shooter and bring him to justice.”
He said residents were in and out of his office in the hours following the shooting. One even turned over additional surveillance camera footage to police.
“Not very smart to shoot someone in front of the Vice Mayor’s building,” Smitherman said. “When you shoot someone, we are going to catch you.”
Smitherman said Thursday’s shooting appeared to be “very targeted.”
This marks the third homicide this year in Bond Hill. All have come this month.
On June 5, Gannon Hillman, 25, was found by police and pronounced dead in the 1900 block of Garden Lane. The next day, Ricky Lackey, 37, was found shot to death in the 1700 block of Berkley Avenue.
There have been eight homicides in Cincinnati since May 30. Another 18 people have been injured in shootings since that date.
Since Jan. 1, 138 people have been shot in the city. During the same time period last year, 139 people were shot.
Anyone with information about Thursday’s shooting or another unsolved crime is asked to call Crimestoppers at 513-352-3040.