Friday, August 24, 2001

Man shot dead inside furniture store

Murder suspect, victim argued, police say

By David Eck
Enquirer Contributor

        EVENDALE — Outside a Reading Road store Thursday afternoon, people were screaming, hugging and crying. Inside, a man was dead, shot during an argument with an acquaintance, police said.

        Stephen Jones, 49, of Kennedy Heights was pronounced dead inside A Lucky Step furniture store, 10735 Reading Road, shortly after the shooting around 3 p.m. Alonzo Campbell, 38, of Walnut Hills, was captured at gunpoint by police about 40 minutes later. He has been charged with murder.

[photo] Evendale firefighters remove a gurney from the furniture store after a man was shot to death inside during an argument with an acquaintance.
(Glenn Hartong photo)
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        Evendale Police Lt. Gregg Phillips said Mr. Campbell was found hiding in a trash bin.

        Police say the two men were arguing when the shooting occurred. There were three or four other people in the building.

        “They had a dispute,” Lt. Phillips said. “There was a struggle. It's not a robbery and it wasn't random.”

        Four shots were fired, and at least one bullet went through a wall into an adjoining business, police said. No one was hurt there.

        Angelita Jones, the victim's wife and owner of the business, was in the store at the time and called 911.

        “Oh my God, someone's been shot in my store!” she told a dispatcher. And, moments later, “I've got to see about my husband.”

        Leroy Jones, the brother of the victim, also was involved in the scuffle with Mr. Campbell but was not shot, police said. He was treated at Bethesda North Hospital for minor injuries.

        Mr. Jones and his wife have owned the store for about two years. Kathye Lewis, an engineer for Procter & Gamble who has known the couple for about six years, said Mr. Jones was “hard-working and dedicated to working with (his wife) and helping the business to be successful.”

        Mrs. Jones has been active with the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky African-American Chamber of Commerce, chamber officials said. She was a founding member of the chamber, formed in 1996, and also operates Eastern Personnel Services in Cincinnati.


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