Thursday, May 10, 2001

3 men shot after argument at bar

Fourth held on weapons charge

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        An early morning argument in a Mount Auburn bar Wednesday spilled outside onto Vine Street and ended with the shooting of three men, two of whom were in critical condition Wednesday night.

        One man was in custody but not thought to be the triggerman in the 2:23 a.m. shooting on the street outside Robert A.'s Curve Cafe, Cincinnati Police Lt. Ray Ruberg said.

        The cafe is at 2031 Vine St., directly across from Vine Elementary School.

        David Johnson, 27, of Mount Auburn was reportedly involved in the shooting and was in critical condition at University Hospital.

        Daryl Honaker, 32, of Northside was in fair condition, and Richard Carter, 27, also of Northside, was in critical condition Wednesday at University Hospital.

        No information was available on their specific injuries.

        A bartender who would give his name only as Carl said the men had been in and out of the bar Tuesday night and early Wednesday, but there were no problems in the bar.

        When he was leaving early Wednesday, the bartender said, the men were arguing outside. “They started pushing and shoving and it turned into a fight,” he said.

        Jerome Patton, 24, of the 1900 block of Vine Street in Over-the-Rhine, was charged with carrying a concealed firearm.

        Mr. Patton is not now considered a suspect in the shootings, Cincinnati police said.

        Officers saw him lifting a gun from his waistband and dropping it under a car.

        Mr. Patton remains in custody.

       Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Cincinnati police at 352-3040.


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