Sunday, January 02, 2000

First killing of 2000 didn't take long

        For the fourth year in a row, Cincinnati police began the New Year investigating how someone was killed — and this time, the victim's identity is a mystery.

        Just before 5 a.m. Saturday, the Cincinnati Fire Division was called to investigate a report of an unresponsive person lying in an apartment courtyard near Findlay and Vine streets. Firefighters discovered the man had been shot and was dead. They called the Cincinnati police homicide unit.

        Police Sgt. John Newsom could say only that the victim was a black male who wasn't carrying any identification.

        Authorities took the victim's fingerprints, Sgt. Newsom said, and investigators were interviewing potential witnesses.

        Sgt. Newsom declined to specify what part of the man's body was shot; he said the Hamilton County Coroner's Office was about to conduct an autopsy.

        Anyone with information is asked to call homicide detectives at 352-3542 or Crime Stoppers at 352-3040. Callers can remain anonymous and may receive compensation for information if it is valuable to the case.


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