Update: A juvenile has been apprehended in connection with the tragic shooting that claimed the life of 14-year-old Amani Smith in Covington.
The authorities, citing the suspect’s age, have refrained from disclosing their name. The juvenile is presently held at the Campbell Co. Regional Juvenile Detention Center.
The parents of the deceased 14-year-old in Covington assert that he fell victim to assailants who had mistakenly targeted him while seeking his brother.
The 14-year-old who lost their life in Covington on Tuesday has been identified by the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office as Amani Smith, whose death is classified as an apparent homicide.
The Covington Police Department received a call at approximately 3:30 p.m. and responded to 39th Street and Decoursey Avenue near Latonia Christian Church.
Upon arrival, officers discovered two 14-year-olds with gunshot wounds.
Both victims were transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where Smith was pronounced dead upon arrival, while the other teen remains hospitalized.
The school confirmed in a press release that both individuals were students at Covington.
As of now, the police have not apprehended a suspect and believe the shooting to be an isolated incident.
A statement from Covington Independent Public Schools was posted on its Facebook page.
“The Covington Independent Public Schools family is deeply saddened to inform our school community of the tragic incident that occurred Tuesday and resulted in the loss of one of our students and the injury of another one,” Superintendent Alvin L. Garrison said. “We know that the children’s reactions to such a tragedy will cover a wide range of emotions. Sometimes their reactions may seem inappropriate. Sometimes even students who did not know the victims will react strongly.”
Garrett mentioned that the school staff would convene with students on Wednesday.
If you have any information, please call detectives at 859-292-2234 or Cincinnati/NKY Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.