Police: Third Person Arrested for Firing BB Gun at Homeless People; Sisters Turn Themselves In


Jun 9, 2021

Updated: 12:21 PM EDT

A third person has been arrested after a series of attacks on Cincinnati’s homeless population, authorities said Wednesday.


By: WLWT5 Staff

David White, 30, has been arrested in connection to six cases across Cincinnati’s downtown and Over-the-Rhine neighborhoods, accused of firing BB guns at people across the area.

Several of the victims were homeless.

Investigators say White also had two outstanding warrants for unrelated incidents.

White is the third person accused in the case.

Sisters Kelsey Hopper, 28, and Brittany Hopper, 29, are also accused of the attacks. Both turned themselves in Tuesday morning, police said, one day after charges were filed against them.

The two have been charged with three counts of assault for firing a BB gun at two people in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood early in the morning on June 3, Cincinnati police said.

Investigators say three people — two women and a man — drove around in a car and shot people with a BB gun at least four locations.

Investigators say they found the vehicle believed to be involved Monday afternoon in Covington, Kentucky. Police say the owners of the car tried to disguise it, spray-painting the front of the car.

The police department released video of the incident last week on Republic Street in OTR, which shows the group of people pulling up in a car, then taking turns shooting at least two homeless people.

“If you watch the video, you’ll see them engage them with a BB gun, and then I think the passenger passed the BB gun to a passenger. They had pulled off and actually backed up for some more,” Sgt. Rob Shircliff said. “They just don’t care about hurting people.”

Two people shot by the BB gun suffered minor injuries, according to a police report.

Shircliff said the victims were defenseless and that bothers him the most.

“When you have defenseless victims, people who are literally sleeping, and you have people that want to assault people that are not provoked and not able to defend themselves,” Shircliff said.

Shircliff said the trio also targeted people at locations on Gest Street, Seventh and Plum and Corwine Avenue. Shircliff said the suspects pulled up to people on Corwine who were walking home from work, asked for directions and then shot them with a BB gun.

“I don’t think they really cared too much who they were targeting,” Shircliff said.

At one point, the car drove into a garage at The Banks. Security video shows the suspects get out of the car. At one point, the female driver is seen holding the BB gun.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 513-352-3040.

Photo taken WLWT5


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