Monday, April 30, 2001

Witnesses differ on trailer shooting

By Tom O'Neill
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        GREENWOOD, Ky. — A Newport man remained in serious condition Sunday at University Hospital following a Friday shooting here that left a Cincinnati man dead.

        Meanwhile, Kentucky State Police investigators continued to sift through conflicting accounts of what happened early Friday in a trailer on Portland-Greenwood Road, about six miles from Butler in Pendleton County.

        No charges have been filed in the attack on Patrick O'Brien, 47, of Newport, who was shot twice in the head and remains hospitalized.

        Robert Gibson, 23, was fatally shot.

        The shooting was witnessed by five adults, including 24-year-old Justin Davis, who told police he shot at four men attempting to break in.

        “The stories are consistent to a point, then they split off,” Lt. Jim Booth of the Kentucky State Police said Sunday. “They're getting conflicting accounts. We're not really sure what happened.”

        He said no motive was apparent.

        Lt. Booth called rumors that the shooting incident was connected to staged dog-fighting “just speculation.”


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