Middletown police are investigating two unrelated shootings over the weekend that sent one man to the hospital with serious injuries, according to investigators.
Police Chief David Birk said violent crime has increased in the city and around the country. There were three shootings Sunday in Cincinnati, bringing the 24-hour total to 21 people shot, four fatally.
The weekend violence wasn’t nearly as serious in Middletown.
A Middletown man remained in serious condition Monday at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton following a shooting Friday night, Birk said. He said the man was shot in the area of 1500 block of Manchester Avenue.
Birk said they are pulling security camera footage from businesses in the area and hope to arrest any suspects.
Then at 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Middletown police were called to the 1200 block of Baltimore Street for a drive-by shooting with a subject shot in the leg. He sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was not transported to the hospital, police said.
Birk said witnesses to the shooting have not cooperated with the Middletown police investigation.
A Middletown patrol officer located a silver Dodge Magnum that matched the description of a vehicle seen leaving the area shortly after the gunshots, but no one was inside, Birk said. Police are obtaining a search warrant for the vehicle, he said.
Birk said he’s hoping Middletown City Council approves a $250,000 COPS grant at tonight’s meeting that would allow the city to hire two police officers for three years. The city would be responsible for the officers’ salaries after the grant ends.
Anyone with information regarding the shootings should call the Middletown Division of Police at 513-425-7700.
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