Fairfield Twp. police are working to piece the different angles recorded by Walmart security cameras to get a better understanding of what happened when a 17-year-old boy was shot in a suspected drug deal gone bad on Saturday.
The teenager, according to witnesses, allegedly set up a drug deal at 3 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Walmart on Princeton Road. The alleged deal was set up through a social media interaction, said Fairfield Twp. Police Capt. Doug Lanier.
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“I believe it occurs quite frequently, which could occur in any parking lot,” he said of alleged drug deals set up via social media. “People do it because they feel it’s a safe place to make the transaction in public, but of course it still doesn’t prevent problems like this one, which was in broad daylight.”
During the alleged drug deal, a male subject shot the teen in the leg. The teen then accelerated his vehicle forward and struck multiple vehicles and a shopping cart corral.
The alleged shooter is described as a light-skin, mixed-race male, possibly 16 to 19 years old, around 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-7 and 135 pounds with black curly hair and a goatee. The suspect, who was wearing a dark jacket and dark sweatpants, fled the scene on foot, running westbound across the Walmart parking lot.
Lanier said the suspect was dropped off at Walmart in a stolen red four-door 2007 Toyota Camry with a sunroof. The vehicle was stolen on the west side of Cincinnati on Friday, Lanier said. Police found the stolen vehicle.
Lanier said the 17-year-old’s name is not being released because he is a juvenile victim, and he has been released from West Chester Hospital. When asked if he could be charged with selling drugs, Lanier said, “It’s still under investigation.”