By: Christian LeDuc , Courtney Francisco
CINCINNATI — A 15-year-old boy is dead after a shooting late Sunday night in the West End neighborhood.
Officers were called to the 700 block of Betton Street around 10:45 p.m. Sunday for the report of a person shot. When they arrived they found two victims suffering from gunshot wounds, Cincinnati police said in a press release.
One victim was taken to the hospital, and the other, 15-year-old Jerome Lipscomb III, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Lipscomb’s family said he played football at Taft and was an honor roll student.
Friends of Lipscomb who said they were with him at the time of the shooting; they said they’d been to Taste of Cincinnati and were walking around the area near TQL Stadium when they heard gunfire. Lipscomb and one other person were hit.
Toya Doran, who lives nearby, said she heard the bullets Sunday night and dropped to the floor of her apartment with her daughter.
“We got to get down,” said Doran. “That’s what we are taught. That’s what we got to teach our kids. I’m tired of teaching my baby this.”
Sheina Denson, another neighbor living nearby, said she and her children dropped to their floor too.
“The shooting stopped,” said Denson. “I got up and looked out the window. I seen the boy laying on the ground right there across the street and his friends, they was over there trying to help him, but there wasn’t nothing they could do.”
On Monday, friends of the victims gathered at a memorial around the tree where Lipscomb died.
Police have not released any information on the surviving victim or their injuries.
Investigators have not said if they know of any suspects at this time.
Reposted with permission from WCPO 9 Cincinnati.