Police were investigating three new homicide cases in Cincinnati on Thursday, following fatal shootings that occurred within hours of the first in a series of town hall meetings called by the new chief to address violence in the city.
Police said two children were present in a home where a man and a woman were fatally shot early Thursday. Also early Thursday, the body of a woman who was fatally shot was found in the middle of a street.
Adam Bostic, 31, and Betty Thomas, 28, were found dead inside a home in the Avondale neighborhood at 1:30 a.m. after officers responded to a report of a shooting, police said. The children in the house, girls ages 3 and 6, weren’t injured, and officers said they were later safe with relatives.
Police were still investigating, and no arrests had been made.
Separately, the body of a woman shot to death was found on a street in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. Police initially thought she had been hit by a car after she was found bleeding profusely. Her name wasn’t released immediately.
Police also were still investigating the fatal shooting on Tuesday of a 19-year-old man in Avondale.
On Wednesday evening, Chief Jeffrey Blackwell, who came to Cincinnati last September from the Columbus Police Department, held the first of five town hall meetings to get citizen input on fighting crime in the city. He said police staffing is low, so he wants to tailor resources to neighborhood needs.
Blackwell also urged residents to help police by coming forward with information. He and other Cincinnati- area authorities have been frustrated by a “no-snitch” mentality among some residents.
“They’ve got to love their community more,” Blackwell told WLWT-TV. “They’ve got to want to make a difference in their community. They have to take the responsibility, raise the moral voice, if you will.”