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Police say shooting stemmed from fight

By: Courtney Francisco , Taylor Weiter

COVINGTON, Ky. — Covington police gave an update Tuesday morning after a shooting Monday night left multiple children and an adult injured.

A 14-year-old is in critical condition and a fourth child was announced to have been injured after a fight broke out, Covington PD said. The fourth child was not shot.

Covington police said a 7-year-old and 11-year-old are in stable condition, along with the adult who was shot.

Officers blocked off Russell St. near W. 16th St. around 6:45 p.m. after investigators said several people were shot following a fight involving numerous teenagers. Three children — ages 7, 11 and14 were shot and taken to the hospital. A 41-year-old was also shot. A fourth child was injured in the fight leading up to the shooting.

Covington police said investigators received and are reviewing videos of the fight. Investigators are also canvassing the area and talking to witnesses.

Police do not have suspects yet, but investigators believe there may have been as many as two shooters.

Families cried and prayed together outside the homes where the shooting happened. Jaren Zech said he rushed to the scene after learning a shooting happened outside his home.

“It makes me sick to my stomach, to be honest with you, because I have a kid of my own,” Zech said. “I could have been (walking outside)…and that’s why I was concerned. My mom and I live there, and little sister.”

Another neighbor, George Smith, said he’s been worried something like this would happen for months after hearing of fights. He said he recently reported to police that a child pulled a gun on him and ran off.

“He was younger — younger than a teenager, honestly,” Smith said. “He looked like a 12-, 11-year-old kid.”

Smith said he hopes this will somehow lead to change.

“I just really hope something gets done over this because there really is, there’s a lot of kids in this neighborhood,” said Smith.

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Reposted with permission from WCPO 9 Cincinnati

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