CINCINNATI -- A man shot multiple times Friday afternoon at a Northside barber shop remains in critical condition as authorities try to determine the motive behind what appears to be a targeted shooting.
The unidentified victim was sitting in the third of four chairs when a male suspect wearing a checkered shirt enter the barber shop and opened fire, hitting the victim multiple times in the chest, said District 5 Capt. Paul Neudigate.
The suspect walked past two other customers before firing on the victim at about 12:30 p.m. inside Stephanie's Hair Options, said Sgt. Charles White. White said police found four shell casings inside the store, which was occupied by a handful of people who took cover.
Witnesses told police they heard at least six shots, but were unable to identify the shooter.
Neudigate said officers were flagged down at 12:25 p.m. to respond to the shooting inside the shop at 4206 Hamilton Avenue. The barber shop is located across the street from a children's activity center called Happen.
The victim was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center and is in critical condition. Neudigate said the male suspect fled the scene, possibly in a black Nissan Maxima.
Investigators will release the identity of the victim, pending notification of the family, said Police Officer Tracy Jones Friday afternoon. Authorities are in the process of identifying a motive for the shooting, although they said it may be a targeted drug-related incident.
Cincinnati police District 5 Capt. Paul Neudigate, left, and Sgt. Charles White, right, look into Stephanie's Hair Options, where one person was shot while getting his haircut at 4206 Hamilton Avenue on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, in Cincinnati. He was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center and remains in critical condition. Kareem Elgazzar | WCPO
Authorities closed part of the sidewalk off while crews navigated the scene inside the business. There is nothing to indicate a robbery or motive, Neudigate said.
Northside resident Tyler Johnson said he was next door to the shop when he heard the gunshots.
"I'm used to the gunshots, but I didn't expect it," he said. "My brother said, 'Just wait.' And next thing you know, I just see everyone running out … I'm upset this happened in Northside … I don't want nobody dying."
Johnson said he was in the barber shop 10 minutes before the shooting using the bathroom.
After he heard shots, Johnson said he spotted the shooter walk past him with a hooded sweatshirt over his head, hiding his face.
"We heard like five shots, and somebody walked past with his hoodie on. It was kind of scary," Johnson said.
Northbound lanes of Hamilton Avenue were closed from Chase Avenue to Pullan Avenue.
WCPO will update this story as more information becomes available.
Copyright 2013 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Church leaders came together in one Butler County community Saturday night to pray for peace after a recent string of violence in the area.
Searchers once again combed through a tree-covered creek bed in eastern Indiana on Saturday trying to find the clues they need to answer the…
On Saturday, University of Cincinnati officials unveiled the first electric vehicle-charging station on or even around the Clifton campus.
Darwin Barney and Welington Castillo hit two-run homers and Mike Olt added a solo shot as the Chicago Cubs broke out of…
The West Chester Fire Department and Tylersville Road Kroger sponsored the annual West Chester Township Easter Egg Hunt. Hundreds of people…
A couple who held hands at breakfast every morning even after 70 years of marriage have died 15 hours apart.
A woman was found dead in the 5500 block of Cincinnati-Dayton Road just after midnight Saturday.
In this week's "Where We Pray," learn about a local church that combines the mission and resources of a large congregation with…
This week on Pet Pals, Katy Campolongo from Fourgotten Paws joined us with two adorable puppies looking for homes.
Last year, Crossroads raised $377,000 to help kids in Cincinnati. This year, they're hoping for more to help combat the local heroin epidemic.