Toddler shot in Hamilton: Neighbors detail drive-by shooting

On Friday, Hamilton police and the Butler County Sheriff's Office continued to keep quiet about the shooting of a toddler on Thanksgiving eve.

According to Hamilton police, which released a statement early Thursday, officers were dispatched at 9:34 p.m. Wednesday to a home in the 100 block of Lulu Avenue for a child who had been shot.

Upon arrival, it was found that a 22-month-old gunshot victim was being driven by the mother to Cincinnati Children’s Liberty Campus, police said.

The child, whose name or condition still had not been released on Friday afternoon, was then transferred to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati.

Neighbors told our media partner WCPO-TV in Cincinnati that a man drove twice past the house on Lulu Avenue and shot multiple times. They said the mother carried the 22-month-old out of the house and drove the child to the hospital.

Friends of the family said the child is still in the intensive care unit at Cincinnati Children’s.

On Friday morning, no one answered the door at the home where the shooting occurred at the corner of Lulu and Maple avenues. The storm door was shattered and bullet holes were visible in the door and the frame.

A neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said he was sitting on the couch when he heard multiple gunshots on Wednesday night.

“It is pretty upsetting,” he said. “This is usually a quiet neighborhood.”

The shooter was in a vehicle, he said. He heard one shot then a few minutes later, several shots, he said.

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“It was just heartbreaking, you know, especially something that happened in our community like that,” said Sierra Long, another neighbor.

Long said she and her husband were watching TV when they heard the gunshots.

“We heard a car squealing. About five minutes later, we heard about four cop cars come,” Long said.

“We’ve lived here three years and it’s been a relatively quiet area,” Long told WCPO. “Our hearts go out to the family and we just hope the baby is OK.”

Hamilton police did not respond Friday to requests for more information about the shooting.

The Butler County Sheriff’s Office, which dispatches for Hamilton, on Friday declined to release 911 calls from the incident.

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