ANDERSON TWP., Ohio — Bengals running back Joe Mixon’s house was connected to a shooting in suburban Cincinnati that sent a juvenile to the hospital late Monday night, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies responded to Ayers Road for the report of shots fired at around 8:30 p.m. Monday, according to a press release. Police said one juvenile was taken to the hospital with what the sheriff’s described as minor injuries.
In a letter to parents, Forest Hills School District said the juvenile injured was an Anderson High School student. The student, the district said, is OK and at home. The district is in contact with the sheriff’s office in regard to its investigation.
Deputies were seen on the property where previous court documents say Mixon resides. Deputies could be heard yelling, “If you’re inside, come on out.”
It is unclear whether the shooting took place at Mixon’s house nor whether Mixon was there. In a Tuesday press release, the sheriff’s office said “a home connected to Bengals player Joe Mixon” was part of the crime scene.
Deputies conducted a search warrant for a house on Ayers Road Monday night “and were able to gather evidence that will be part of this active investigation.”
The sheriff’s office plans to release a more comprehensive update on the investigation later in the week.
The night of the shooting, a WCPO 9 crew on the scene saw deputies enter the house around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday with flashlights. The police tape was taken down from the property around 3:15 a.m. Tuesday morning. According to investigators, no arrests have been made.
Tracy Schaeper, who lives down the road, said she believes the shooting was a result of ongoing ‘Nerf wars’ between kids.
“They were playing Nerf wars and apparently went into one of the neighbors’ yards back here and that neighbor opened fire. That’s what we believe to be true,” she said.