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Double shooting leaves one dead in Avondale

CINCINNATI (Angela Ingram) -- A double shooting in Avondale left one man dead and the other in critical condition.

Police said the two men shot each other.
Gunshots rang out on Carplin Place off Reading Road at around 2:15 Tuesday afternoon of August 19th, 2014.

After the gunfight was over, one man was dead. The other was clinging to life at the hospital.

Community activists comforted people who know the men involved.

Community activist Ozie Davis said, "I was just up here last night, I know officer Hatcher our neighborhood officer was up here last night.  So, we're on the right track, but you still have to change people's hearts and minds."
Officers say both Antwon Ward and the other gunman are from the neighborhood.

Police say the violence Tuesday was retaliation for shootings that happened on the same street last week.

The police captain in charge of Avondale is putting together a plan to keep things calm.

Captain Maris Herold said, "We're down right now in shootings and I know in the past in Avondale, we've gone a very long time without having homicides, so we want to get back to that area."

Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell said, "This double homicide today is unacceptable and we are not going to have retaliation out of this. So the people involved in this need to understand that. We are upset and we are not going to tolerate this."
Two years ago Avondale had no homicides. Community activists say a combined effort of citizens and police made that happen. Ozie Davis says it's still up to the people committing these crimes to make a change.

"One of the deceased, his whole family knew he was doing the wrong thing," said Davis. "We've all been trying to help him get on the right track. If he doesn't decide to get on the right track, this is what's happening."

Community organizers are already working to build good relationships with the people who live near the shooting.

They're putting together a 'know your neighbor' program scheduled for this Saturday that will connect the people who live there to jobs and other resources.

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