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Police release incident report of shooting near Joe Mixon's home that wounded teen

The shooting hospitalized 1 teen
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Posted at 3:55 PM, Mar 08, 2023

ANDERSON TWP., Ohio — On Thursday, the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office released an incident report for a Monday night shooting outside Bengals running back Joe Mixon's home that wounded a 16-year-old.

The report says statements from teenaged witnesses and the victim indicated around 11 shots were fired and two "suspects" were stopped in a car after the incident. The report lists the gun used as a "rifle."

The incident report says officers were dispatched to Ayers Road at around 8:25 p.m. that night, where they met with two juvenile witnesses who described playing a game of "dart wars" with Nerf guns when the shots were fired.

Officers wrote in the incident report that the juvenile victim was fired at while he was running away; he was shot in the foot. When he was taken to a hospital, the bullet was found still lodged inside his foot, according to the report.

Police said while they were interviewing the juvenile witnesses, they witnessed a vehicle leaving a home owned by Joe Mixon; officers stopped the vehicle, which was occupied by two people, the incident report says.

The incident report names those two people — neither of whom are Joe Mixon himself — but police have repeatedly said no arrests have been made and no one is currently facing charges for the incident.

Defense attorneys Scott Crosswell and Merlyn Shiverdecker are representing Mixon, the attorneys' law firm confirmed on Wednesday.

Members from the law firm were at Mixon's home Wednesday afternoon. At this time, it is unclear if Mixon was home during the shooting, which took place around 8:30 p.m. Monday.

The night of the shooting, a WCPO crew on scene saw deputies enter Mixon's home around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday with flashlights. Police tape was taken down from the property hours later. The shooting's incident report said that shell casings were also found in the yard of the home.

A 911 caller detailed several men and women running around the scene of the crime when one man pulled out a gun and ran toward the back of a house yelling. From there, several shots were heard. The 911 caller also said he was "at his athlete's house."

"You heard him running and running down there and you heard pop, pop, pop, pop, pop," the 911 caller said. "Then, three other cars sped off."

In a letter to parents, Forest Hills School District confirmed the person injured went to Anderson High School. The incident report says the student was shot in the foot, and the school district said they're OK and at home.

Tracey Schaeper, who lives down the road, said she believed the shooting was a result of ongoing "Nerf wars" between kids. Nerf wars include kids running around and shooting each other with Nerf blasters, which have darts made of foam.

"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.

It is still unclear who fired shots that night; police said no arrests have been made.

"I understand if perhaps they were, you know, encroaching onto a neighbor's yard, absolutely tell them to get out of the yard," Schaeper said. "But to fire rounds in the dark at teenagers that are playing a game is very scary."

Neighbors: 'Nerf wars' led to shooting where Joe Mixon resides

WCPO has reached out to the Bengals and Mixon's representatives. Neither has responded.

This is a developing story and will be updated once more information becomes available.

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