Sunday, June 8, 2003

Man killed in truck in Over- the-Rhine

Georgetown native shot Saturday

By Brenna R. Kelly
The Cincinnati Enquirer


A 39-year-old Georgetown, Ohio, man was killed early Saturday after he was shot in his pickup in Over-the-Rhine.

David Bruce Bilby was in his truck on Central Parkway about 12:30 a.m. when he was struck by a bullet, Cincinnati Police said.

Bilby drove away after the shooting and crashed into a building at 1599 Central Parkway.

Bilby was taken to University Hospital, where he died.

News of Bilby's death hit hard at the Red Fox Inn in Georgetown, where the boiler repairman was a regular, said bartender Joy Vaughn.

"We were really good friends," said Vaughn, who served Bilby his usual - Bud Light in a can - for at least 14 years.

"Sometimes he was in here every day," she said. "Sometimes he didn't show up for a week or a couple months."

Patrons at the bar did not know why Bilby, who went by Bruce, was in downtown Cincinnati, more than 40 miles west of his Brown County home.

"Sometimes he just went off and took long rides," Vaughn said.

She said she thought Bilby lived with an uncle in Mount Orab.

Bilby's death is the 31st homicide in Cincinnati so far this year. Last year at this time there were 32 homicides in the city.

Police have no suspects. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call police at 513-352-3542 or Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.


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