Cincinnati night-spot violence by lone gunman not terrorism-related – police
Gunfire erupted inside a packed nightclub in Cincinnati, Ohio, early yesterday morning, killing one person and wounding 15 others, and at least one shooter was at large hours after the mayhem, authorities said.
The motive behind the shooting was unclear, but Cincinnati assistant police chief Paul Neudigate said on Twitter that “there are no indications this incident is terrorism-related”.
City manager Harry Black said: “The conflict is believed to have begun between specific groups or individuals earlier in the day, escalating and ultimately leading to this tragedy occurring at the nightclub.”
The shooting took place around 2am as hundreds of people partied inside the Cameo Nightlife Club, which Black said had a history of gun violence, including two shootings in the parking lot in 2015.
Captain Kimberly Williams said: “At this point, it’s unclear exactly what instigated the shooting. Just a lot of chaos when the shots went off.”
The shooting came less than a year after a gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 people. It was the deadliest mass shooting in US history.
Cincinnati police initially said they believed at least two shooters were involved at the Cameo, but Neudigate said on Twitter later there was only one reported gunman, though police were still trying to determine if there were others.
Hours after the shooting, the suspect was still at large, and police did not have a good description, in part because witnesses were reluctant to cooperate, Williams said.
Ohio Governor John Kasich sent his condolences and said he had offered state help in the case.
“Saddened to learn about last night’s shooting in Cincinnati,” Kasich said on Twitter.
“Our prayers are with the victims and families of all of those involved.” Eight people from the nightclub were admitted to the University of Cincinnati Medical Centre, a spokeswoman said, with one in critical condition.
Two others were admitted to Christ Hospital, both with minor injuries, while others were treated and released.
Cameo Nightlife’s Facebook page says it features “College Fridays” for students 18 and older and “Saturdays 21+”.
The club, a large single-storey structure, is an 11km drive from central Cincinnati near the southeast corner of the city, the heart of the second-largest metropolitan area in Ohio.