Extra CPD patrols follow Madisonville homicide

CINCINNATI -- Police planned extra patrols in the Madisonville neighborhood Saturday night after a young man was shot to death earlier in the day.

Officers responded to the 6500 block of Desmond Street at about 2:40 p.m. after receiving reports of multiple gunshots in the area.

Once at the scene, officers say they found Joshua Gassett, 24, in the driver's seat of a car. He suffered several gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Cincinnati police.

While they didn't provide detailed descriptions of the suspect, police did say they are looking for two male suspects who were last seen running into a wooded area after the shooting.

"We conducted a police K9 track (of the two men). The suspects ran in woods on railroad tracks," said Cpt. Jeff Butler with District 2. "We have no apprehension at this time."

There were several people in the area at the time of the shooting and police hope someone comes forward with information.

A woman who identified herself as the victim's aunt told WCPO that members of the community know who committed the crime but was imploring them to cooperate with police instead of taking matters into their own hands.

"But I'm just praying to everybody, please, no retaliation. That's all I'm hearing, 'We all we know who did it and we're going after them'" said Sandy Braswell. "It's not going to help anything, it's just going prove we can murder more (people). So, I'm just pleading to everybody, no more murders no more."

It's the city's 32nd homicide of the year overall, but the first in the neighborhood in six months, according to Butler. He credited the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence , or CIRV, initiative for the progress.

"The area has been relatively quiet for the last year or so. We've had a lot of community efforts going on the CIRV process," he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.

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