Teen killed in Hamilton shooting ‘was targeted,’ chief says

An 18-year-old man killed on Saturday in a shooting incident in Hamilton was not a random victim, police said.

Londale Harvey of Hamilton was shot during the incident at about 1:04 p.m. in the area of Pleasant and Fairview avenues. Officers found Harvey shot when they arrived on the scene.

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“It was not a random shooting,” said Hamilton police Chief Craig Bucheit. “He was targeted, and it is an active and ongoing investigation.”

Police have received tips since the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call the Hamilton Police Department’s Investigations Section at 513-868-5811, extension 2002.

After shots were fired that hit Harvey in a car on Fairview at Pleasant Avenue, a shot was fired into the building at 2501 Pleasant, according to police. Edward Buschard was in the building but was not injured by the bullet, according to the report.

According to scanner traffic on Saturday afternoon, police were told to look for a black BMW with four men inside in connection with the shooting.

A Volkswagen car riddled with bullet holes was parked on Fairview, which was roped off as a crime scene for hours.

Residents on Fairview behind the crime scene that is flanked by a church and barber shop described the shooting as a drive-by with the suspects circling the block before firing shots. The suspects stopped to pick up shell casings after the shooting, witnesses said.

Eight 911 calls were placed from people who saw or heard gunshots.

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“We need an ambulance right now, somebody got killed …my dude’s bleeding out,” a male caller told the Butler County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher. “We was at the barber shop, a car pulled up and shot the whole car up.”

A female caller said people were running into the barber shop and out from the pawn shop after the shooting. She described seeing five people.

“There’s definitely guns in people’s hands,” the caller said. “Everybody is out in the street.”

A man told dispatchers, “Just passed a drive-by shooting going on … I kept going because I didn’t want get shot.”

The caller said it looked like the suspects were shooting out of a sun roof.

A resident screamed for emergency crews, “a car just got shot up right here … they are shot.”

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