Tuesday, January 02, 2001

3 dead, 1 hurt in gun, knife attack

Police seek 3 suspects in Springfield Twp. incident

By William A. Weathers and Jane Prendergast
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        SPRINGFIELD TWP. — Three men were shot to death and one was stabbed Monday night inside a Springfield Township residence on Bonneville Lane.

        “I don't think this was a random act of violence,” Springfield Township Police Chief David Heimpold said. “I think it was planned.”

        The dead men, whose names were not immediately released, died of multiple gunshot wounds to the head, the chief said.

        Two were found dead in the house. One man with multiple gunshot wounds and another with multiple knife wounds were taken by AirCare helicopter to University Hospital. The man who was shot later died, the man who was stabbed had injuries a hospital spokeswoman described as non-life threatening. His name was not immediately available.

        The victims were described by township police as four young men, apparently between the ages of 18 and 23.

        The multiple shooting and stabbing was reported just after 10 p.m. in the 1400 block of Bonneville.

        Police were searching for three African-American male suspects who fled the scene in a gray or greenish Chevrolet Geo. They were described in police broadcasts as “covered in blood.”

        Their direction of travel was not known.

        Chief Heimpold said there was no sign of a struggle inside the house. He would not say if the shooting was believed to be drug- or gang-related.

        The street, in the Lexington Heights area, is just north of Mount Healthy and just east of Hamilton Avenue. The house is a modest brick ranch on a cul-de-sac.

        Neighbor Eddie Sanders, who lives across the street from the house where the shooting took place, said a mother and her three adult sons live in the residence. The family has lived there for 18 or 19 years, he said.

        Mr. Sanders said he did not hear the shooting.

        “I was getting ready to go to bed and I noticed all these blue lights flashing in my living room,” he said.

        When he looked outside, he saw two people being brought out of the house on stretchers and crime scene tape stretched around the house and yard.

        Mr. Sanders, who has lived in the neighborhood for 30 years, said there was a shooting at the same house several years ago.

        Chief Heimpold said police were familiar with the family from that shooting.

        In 1995, Jennifer Finney, 12, was shot at the front door of the house. She was shot by a man who had argued earlier in the day with one of her older brothers. She survived the attack.

        Police said anyone with information should call 729-1300.


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