Updated: 6:27 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, 2014 | Posted: 3:02 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Police search for suspect in Middletown park shooting

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Police search for suspect in Middletown park shooting photo
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Middletown are investigating a shooting in Douglass Park near the splash pads in the city’s South End.
Police search for suspect in Middletown park shooting photo
LOT TAN / STAFF
Middletown are investigating a shooting in Douglass Park near the splash pads in the city’s South End.
Police search for suspect in Middletown park shooting photo
A medical helicopter lands in Douglass Park at the scene of a shooting his afternoon.
Police search for suspect in Middletown park shooting photo
Carlos D. Knight, 32, was shot in the head Wednesday at Douglass Park.

By Rick McCrabb and Lauren Pack

Staff Writer

MIDDLETOWN —

A hot afternoon marked only with shrieks of children splashing at Middletown’s splash pad near Douglass Park was interrupted by a single gun shot that left a Middletown man fighting for his life.

Middletown police said a red Jeep Cherokee pulled into Douglass Park around 2 p.m. Wednesday, and a black male got out of the vehicle and fired one shot that struck Carlos D. Knight, 32, in the head. The suspect returned to the vehicle, with three people inside, and sped away.

Dozens of people who had been playing basketball or cooling off in the splash pad stood in shock.

When police arrived, they found Knight lying in the parking lot, only a few feet away from where the children had been playing.

Knight was treated by Middletown paramedics, then flown by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton with life-threatening injuries, said Middletown Police Lt. Scott Reeve.

Middletown resident Kelli Gregory, one of Knight’s cousins, said Douglass Park has been “very peaceful” recently, with more city events being held there.

“This is crazy,” she said.

Middletown police located the Jeep less than a mile away in the parking lot of the Townhouse West housing development off South Main Street. A K-9 unit and the Butler County Sheriff’s Department helicopter searched for the four suspects, Reeve said.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.

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