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Oxford police investigate Uptown shooting

Witnesses say suspect fired gun into the air

By James Steinbauer, Editor-in-Chief

Oxford and Miami University police responded just before 3 a.m. on Saturday to the sound of gunshots near the 100 block of E. High Street and Uptown Park.

Witnesses told police that an altercation began on High Street and moved to the E. Park Street parking lot where a male shot a gun several times, apparently in an upward direction, Miami University's Institutional Response Team wrote in a statement on the myMiami homepage.

Police found multiple 9mm shells in the lot, but there were no reported injuries.

The suspect is described as a light-skinned black male with blond dreadlocks wearing a gray hoodie and gray pants, according to the statement.

The description matches that of the alleged attacker in the shooting on Oct. 4 at the 200 block of N. Campus Avenue that wounded two Miami University students. However, Robinson said that neither of the two cases are related to one another.

"The Oxford Police Department continues to investigate the two recent cases involving firearms," OPD Lt. Geoff Robinson said in the statement. "While it appears that the suspects in both isolated incidents were not connected to the Oxford-Miami community, we encourage all community members to maintain awareness to their surroundings."

Oxford City Manager Doug Elliott said he expects police will make another arrest in connection to the Oct. 4 shooting soon.

"We do our best to make it a safe environment for students and other citizens," Elliott said. "But in this day and age, there are a lot of guns out there, and we're not immune to some of the violence that occurs in our country."

Police said the the shooting is still under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call Oxford Police at 513-524-5240.

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