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Woman Caught in Crossfire of Avondale Shooting

     It's become an all-too-familiar story ... innocent people being caught in the crossfire on Avondales' Blair Avenue.
     Last night, 45-year-old Jennifer Foster was shot in the leg outside her apartment building.
     Neighbors say she had heard shots and came outside to check on her neighbors when more shots were fired.

     Local 12's Joe Webb has more from University of Cincinnati Medical Center with the latest.
        Foster was brought here early this morning with a serious wound to her left leg.
                          We don't know her condition because the hospital has not responded to our calls for information.
                          We do know the condition of her neighborhood.  People are angry because they are seeing too many innocent people end up in the line of fire.
 About one this morning, Jennifer Lynn Foster was taken away from Blair Avenue in an ambulance.  Just minutes before, someone in a dark-colored car had fired several shots at her apartment building. She was hit in the leg.  Two cars were seriously damaged.  This morning, neighbors were obviously tired of the violence.

Jaimee McClure, Avondale:
"I mean Miss J-Lynn wouldn't hurt anybody.  She's the sweetest person in the world.  I've known her for years."

"But all this violence, I mean there's kids living here next thing you know... more gunshots. Sounded like they were right up under my window.  People's cars got hit.  They were inside asleep."

                           If this corner of Blair Avenue looks and sounds familiar, it's because it is.  Last year, 4 year-old Khyren Landrum was walking home to this building from a park when he was caught in the crossfire of another gun battle.  He survived and is doing well, but the neighborhood was outraged.  Has anything changed? Avondale activist Ozie Davis says he was just here last night talking to Jennifer Foster.

"We were talking about litter.  The young lady that got shot is significant here in trying to keep the place clean.  She's one of what I call the good people."

"It's very, very upsetting.  These are the type of people you want in the neighborhood and there's no way to say to here...'please stay.  You're safe here.' I mean how can you convince here."

    Davis says, in Avondale, people like Jennifer Foster far outnumber the people who fire shots from cars. But they're both here and sometimes they cross paths.

"It doesn't seem like we can get a handle on this element, but I know this element is not larger than the element of positivity in the neighborhood."

           Davis says the four buildings on Blair at Reading are set to be rehabbed, but that process has been slow.
                               He says once that takes place, the neighborhood should become more peaceful but that will take time.
                                     So far, no arrests have been made in last night's shooting.
  If you have any information that could help police, call CrimeStoppers at 352-3040.
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