Sunday, March 9, 2003

Slaying happens in front of crowd

No suspects in year's 14th killing

By Kristina Goetz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Cincinnati police are hoping someone in a crowd that witnessed a fatal shooting early Saturday afternoon will come forward with information.

The homicide was the city's 14th of 2003.

Investigators say police received a call about 12:44 p.m. of a shooting in the 1700 block of Vine Street. Police officers found Gillespie McPherson, 22, of Alms Place in Walnut Hills near the corner of Green and Vine streets in Over-the-Rhine. He was suffering from a gunshot wound.

McPherson was pronounced dead at University Hospital Medical Center at 2:17 p.m.

The police did not have any suspects Saturday night.

Over the same period in 2002 - from January to March - there were only eight homicides.

Last year's 65 slayings were a 15-year high.

The previous killing of 2003 was on Feb. 25 in Avondale. Terrence Halsey, 43, was found dead behind a garage, just hours after police arrested the suspect in the 12th killing the day before.

Anyone who has information about the offense is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Section at 352-3542 or Crime Stoppers at 352-3040. Callers can remain anonymous and may receive compensation.

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