- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

CINCINNATI (AP) - Police in an Ohio city trying to counter gun violence say an 18-year-old was fatally shot near the site of a march against violence.

Cincinnati police say the man was shot in a park. They were still investigating the case after being called to the scene just after 7 p.m. Monday.

Media members in the area reported hearing multiple shots fired. They were covering a march and rally led by Bishop Bobby Hilton in the city’s Findlay Market area.

State Sen. Cecil Thomas, D-Cincinnati, was at the rally and ran to the shooting victim’s side to try to comfort him until emergency responders arrived.

“His life was drifting away from him,” Thomas said.

Police said he died at University of Cincinnati Medical Center. They identified the victim as Justin Crutchfield.

Police say another man was shot in the leg soon afterward. They don’t believe the shootings were related.

“There’s some horrible things happening and we can either sit back and complain and point fingers, or we can get up and say ‘Wait a minute: let’s be part of the answer,’ “Hilton told WLWT-TV.

“We feel like as soon as we begin to gain some ground, then something else happens to kind of take us back in the opposite direction,” police Lt. Danita Pettis said Monday evening.

Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell has postponed starting a new plan to counter gun violence that includes redeployment of officers. It’s on hold until after the services later this week for Officer Sonny Kim, shot to death last Friday.

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