Friday, July 28, 2000

Suspect sought in fatal shooting

Two men had argument, police say

By Allen Howard
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LOCKLAND — Police have filed aggravated murder charges and issued an arrest warrant for Dishon Burke, 20, in the shooting death Thursday of Wendell Lamont Wilcher, 32, of Wyoming.

        Detective Todd Ober said Mr. Wilcher's body was found in a vacant lot in the 700 block of Walnut Street.

        “We were called to the 700 block of Maple shortly after midnight when some people heard shots fired,” Detective Ober said.

        The vacant lot extends between Maple and Walnut streets.

        Detective Ober said Mr. Wilcher had been shot in the left side of his abdomen.

        At least four to six shots were fired, Detective Ober said. There was no indication of a struggle between the two men.

        Witnesses told police the men had argued. Mr. Burke left and came back with a gun and started firing at Mr. Wilcher, they said.

        Police think Mr. Burke is armed with a .38-caliber revolver. A four-door blue 1980 Cadillac found in Lincoln Heights is believed to be the car Mr. Burke was driving.

        Detective Ober said Mr. Burke was last seen wearing Tommy Hilfiger blue shorts with orange letters, a black and orange Cincinnati hat, white and orange Nike Air Force One tennis shoes, blue socks and a white T-shirt.

        “We are not sure where he lives. We know he visits the Lincoln Heights and Lockland area a lot,” Detective Ober said.

        Mr. Wilcher was described by a former neighbor as a nice person who never caused any trouble.

        Richard Blair, of the 700 block of Walnut Street, said he learned of the shooting when he came home from work after midnight. The vacant lot where Mr. Wilcher's body was found is two doors from Mr. Blair's home.

        “This is a bad thing to happen to him. We lived next door to each other right over there when there was an apartment building there,” said Mr. Blair, pointing to another vacant lot across the street.

        This is the second fatal shooting in Lockland this year. The other happened March 30 when Anthony Elliot, 19, of Westwood was shot while driving on Interstate 75, near Lockland's south border.

        “That case is still unsolved,” Detective Ober said. “We have some new leads we are investigating.”

        Anyone with information regarding either case is asked to call Lockland Police at 761-1699 or Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.


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