Many unidentified shooters started a fire at a Cincinnati nightclub beginning Sunday, killing 1 person & wounding 15 others, officials told.
The killers escaped the melee at club Cameo, & they continued on the run Sunday.
“Several local men got into some type of dispute inside the bar and it escalated into shots being fired from several individuals,” Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac told while a Sunday news conference. “As a result there were 16 people that sustained gunshot injuries one of which is deceased. A total of 15 others that were injured, one in extremely critical condition.”
The person who was shot was named as twenty-seven-year-old Obryan Spikes. His family had been informed, Isaac told.
Assistant Fire Chief Roy Winston told many other club-goers were injured escaping the scene.
“I’m confident that while our hearts are broken, that our spirit is not,” Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley told.
The nightclub employed off-duty police officers to patrol the parking lot, Isaac told, and individuals are entering the club were routinely patted down & wanded. Despite the precautions, Isaac said, “Several firearms were able to be brought inside the bar.”
The reason for the shooting continued unclear, but Assistant Police Chief Paul Neudigate told there was no evidence the attack was terrorism associated. The firing occurred around 1:30 a.m., WLWT stated.
“We are in the middle of a very horrific situation that occurred at the nightclub with multiple victims,” Neudigate told. “It’s going to be a long night for our homicide units to investigate.”
The victims were brought to four area hospitals. Few drove themselves & others were taken by ambulance. WLWT told at least 1 of the injured was in severe condition at a hospital.
Capt. Kim Williams told authorities were not certain what provoked the shooting.
“Saturday night, it is a very young crowd,” Williams told. “We have had incidents here in the past, but this is by far the worst.”
Many officers were working a security detail at the club & performed first aid & tried to recover the person that died, Williams told.
“The biggest problem when you have a large crowd like this and the shots ring out, a lot of the witnesses disappear,” Williams told.
Police are interviewing eyewitnesses & requesting anyone with information to come forward. However, authorities didn’t instantly identify any suspects.
The neighborhood is mostly industrial but also home to many nightclubs with a smatter of private houses. A local airport is nearby along the Ohio River. The city is reasonably desolate at night, except the nightlife scene & 24-hour gas stations. The road where the club remains was simply cordoned off by a single police cruiser & officer at either end.
1st responders had difficulties reaching the shooting victims since the parking lots were full, Sgt. Eric Franz told.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich told on Twitter that he was “saddened to learn about last night’s shooting” & that he was giving the state’s assistance.
Cameo’s Facebook profile told it caters to college students on Friday nights when anybody over 18 is permitted in, while Saturdays are “grown and sexy night” for ages 21 & over.