OVER THE RHINE, Ohio -- (WXIX) -- Cincinnati police have released the name of a man wanted in connection with a recent shooting outside of Lachey's Bar.
Lavoris Hightower, 36, has been indicted for attempted murder, felonious assault, weapons under disability, and tampering with evidence. If convicted of all charges, he faces in excess of 25 years in prison.
Residents are encouraged to call 911 if they know his location. Police say they should not approach the man.
Ellie Richardson, the bar manager of Lachey's Bar, was shot in the face outside the business Thanksgiving morning. A gunman opened fire on Richardson after she argued with someone in a van, Cincinnati police have said.
Police reviewed area surveillance video and witness information in their investigation.
“There is a $5,000 reward to help us get Hightower arrested and off of our streets," said Hamilton County prosecutor Joseph Deters. "First, Hightower nearly runs Ms. Richardson over with his car, and then he shoots her -- unbelievable. Cincinnati has worked very hard to improve the area where the shooting occurred. This type of heartless act has the potential of ruining years of progress. He needs to go to jail for a long time.”
Relatives say she is expected to be released from the hospital soon. Doctors say Richardson will need more surgery, but she can continue to recover at home, according to her family's latest Facebook post.
Nick Lachey and Drew Lachey and their pop group "98 Degrees" are holding a Dec. 15 benefit concert for her at the Aronoff. Proceeds will help Richardson in her recovery. Tickets are now on sale.