Police: Feuding gangs behind rash of Middletown shootings, 2 homicides

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Twice in three days, several shots were fired at a home in the 800 block of 11th Avenue in Middletown, according to police.

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More police resources will be used to combat criminal gangs that police say are behind the city’s two homicides this year and a rash of recent shootings.

Two 15-year-olds were arrested Thursday and charged through Butler County Juvenile Court stemming from shots fired incidents on July 19 and July 21 morning at a house in the 800 block of 11th Avenue. During one of the incidents a 17-year-old was struck in the foot.

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Middletown Police Major Scott Reeve said more arrests are expected.

In addition to the arrest, officers were able to get three guns off the streets, including one stolen in Kentucky, police said.

Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw has assigned more resources to combat what he says is a rival gang problem in Middletown.

These feuding gang members are behind the city’s two homicides this year, Reeve said.

Police were dispatched at about 2:20 p.m. July 14 to a report of shots fired in the 600 block of 16th Avenue. There, police found Kapriece Fuller, 23, dead on the front porch of a home from an apparent gunshot wound.

A 16-year-old Middletown boy remains behind bars in the Butler County Juvenile Detention Center charged with murder and participating in a criminal gang in the shooting death of Joseph Davis, 17, near the corner of Woodlawn Avenue and Garfield Street during the late night hours of May 29.

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Reeve said detectives believe the same gang is responsible for two shooting incidents last week at the 11th Avenue home.

On July 19, a 17-year-old Middletown boy was shot in the foot by a stray bullet while standing on a home’s front porch, according to police.

Officers responded at 11:50 p.m. on a report of shots fired in the 800 block of 11th Avenue, according to a police report.

Three people said they were on the home’s front porch when one of them suffered a gunshot wound to his left foot, according to the report.

Police were called again to 11th Avenue at 2:30 a.m. July 21 on a report that eight to 10 shots were fired. A witness told police he saw a car pull up to a residence, and a man got out and walked into the house. A short time later, the witness said, a dark colored car drove down the street. He said several people were inside the vehicle and they started shooting at the house.

The car then sped away, the witness said. A man then ran out of the house, got into his vehicle and drove away, the witness said.

Several bullets struck the house, the report read. Three projectiles were located at the scene: one on the sidewalk and two inside the living room, police said.

There were six people inside the residence at the time of the drive-by shooting, but no one was struck, according to the report.

Both of the juveniles arrested in the shootings are charged with felonious assault, discharging a firearm into a habitation, and participating in a criminal gang. One of the two teens is also charged with having weapons under disability.

Anyone with information about either of the shootings last week is asked to call Detective Steve Winters Winters at 513-425-7786.

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