By: Christian LeDuc , Jessica Hart
CINCINNATI — Cincinnati police are searching for a suspect that shot and killed 28 year-old Kevonne Howze in the parking lot of a Taco Bell in Corryville.
Police responded to the restaurant around 11:30 a.m. Monday and discovered Howze suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to the hospital where he later died.
Cincinnati police said Howze was not a customer of the business.
Police have not provided any suspect information.
Cincy Insights reports the last deadly shooting in Corryville was in 2017.
“This is unusual, but again, once you start to see that violence is contagious, you’re going to start to see violence pop up in some unusual places,” said Pastor Ennis Tait of New Beginnings Church of the Living God of Avondale.
There were three shootings that injured four people in Corryville last year, according to Cincy Insights. In total, there have been 20 shootings in this neighborhood since 2017.
“Eventually, we’re going to get to the bottom of all of this that’s happening today. I just need the people who are out here doing these horrendous crimes to know that you’re not just hurting the person who you got a beef with, you’re hurting families,” said Mitch Morris with Cincinnati Works Phoenix Program.
Morris urges people to find an alternative solution to shooting someone.
“We lose so many babies to this nonsense and it’s going to take all of us, all hands on deck at this point,” he said. “Please find a better way than shooting and killing each other.”
Morris and Tait are a part of the Community Peace Builders’ Network. Tait said this group works to address gun violence in Cincinnati.
“We have some individuals that we’re trying to put in a training that is skill setting for outreach and advocacy, but more importantly street violence interruption. Once we get those people locked in and get those people identified then you’re going to see an increase in the number of people on the streets,” Tait said.
However, he said they need more advocates.
Reposted with permission from WCPO 9 Cincinnati.