Fatal shootings concern Cincinnati neighborhood

CINCINNATI (AP) — Residents of a Cincinnati neighborhood say they are concerned that the number of killings there in the first month of the year exceeds the total for the last two years combined.

Two of the five slayings in January occurred at one apartment complex in the Avondale neighborhood north of downtown. And, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/1fpyvat ), it's the same area where in December a 3-year-old girl was injured when caught in the crossfire between two men shooting at each other.

Ozie Davis, who heads a group that has been leading redevelopment efforts there, said: "Anytime you have five (fatal) shootings in a month, it's a step back."

Residents of the Colonial Village complex, which is subsidized housing, say drug dealers have gained a foothold by befriending female renters.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

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