Published: Tue, March 28, 2017
USA | By Cassandra Hanson

Cincinnati Nightclub Shooting Leave 1 Dead, 16 Injured

Cincinnati Nightclub Shooting Leave 1 Dead, 16 Injured

One person is dead and 14 injured, following a shooting incident at a Cincinnati nightclub early Sunday morning, police said.

However, Police Chief Eliot Isaac said Sunday multiple people fired shots, and several firearms were allowed to be brought in.

Police found a "chaotic crime scene" as they looked for witnesses, many of whom took off when the shooting started, said Cincinnati Assistant Police Chief Paul Neudigate.

The investigation is ongoing, City Mayor John Cranley said, adding that the probe and the community's healing will be a "long process".

No arrests have yet been made, and Isaac could not confirm whether any of the injured were among the shooters. There was "chaos" in the aftermath, Captain Williams said.

This year has seen a spike in gun violence, with 57 shooting victims in the city as of Thursday last week, compared to 31 during the same period last year. However, the police didn't say if anyone was in custody as of now. There is no indication the shooting is terrorism related and Cincinnati police are still investigating the motive.

Four off-duty police officers were outside in the parking lot.

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Williams also said that the club had a "very young crowd" at the time of the shooting.

"This is the highest amount of casualties I've ever been aware of in a shooting", said Cincinnati Fraternal Order of Police President Daniel Hils, a lifelong Cincinnati resident who has worked in the law enforcement field for about 30 years.

But the Orlando, Florida, nightclub massacre last June that killed 49 people and injured 53 was the exception, making it the worst mass shooting in modern USA history.

Investigators "believe, based on the number of shots, that there were multiple shooters", he said.

A University of Cincinnati Medical Center spokeswoman says two people remain in critical condition. "Numerous witnesses fled, but everyone that we can identify is being interviewed", he said.

Cameo has had several issues in the past, WLWT reported. "Our prayers are with the victims and families of all of those involved", Kasich tweeted.

CNN reports OH governor John Kasich has offered state assistance for the investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is now involved as well.

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