A shooting incident at a Cincinnati nightclub has left at least one person dead and more than 15 people injured, the Independent reports. According to initial reports, the shooting happened at the Cameo Nightclub just after 1 a.m., local time. The identity of the gunman has not been revealed and at this time he remains on the run. Authorities are yet to determine the intention of the shooter and remained tight-lipped over the possibility of a terrorism angle. According to newer reports, there were two gunmen who were involved in the incident. This, however, is yet to be confirmed.
At the time of preparing this report, several people injured in the shooting are undergoing emergency surgery. Cincinnati Police Sgt. Eric Franz has confirmed that they do not have any suspects in custody. They are, however, interviewing eyewitnesses who saw the carnage from close quarters.
According to Assistant Police Chief Paul Neudigate, many of the injured have been admitted to local hospitals with life-threatening injuries and that there is a possibility that the death toll could go up further.
“We are in the middle of a very horrific situation that occurred at the nightclub with multiple victims,” Neudigate said.
“It’s going to be a long night for our homicide units to investigate,” he further added.
Eyewitnesses described the crime scene as chaotic. Police officials are still looking for several witnesses who they say took off when the shooting started
“Many of them fled, unfortunately. Many of the witnesses fled, but everyone that we can identify is being interviewed,” Neudigate said.
Meanwhile, officials from The University of Cincinnati Medical Center confirmed that they have received eight victims from the Cincinnati nightclub shooting. The condition of four of the victims was said to be stable while three others were listed to be seriously injured. One of the victims was listed to be in a critical condition. Several others were taken to the other five hospitals in the vicinity, including Mercy Health Anderson Hospital, Bethesda North Hospital, Mercy West Hospital and Christ Hospital. Several victims attempted to drive themselves to these hospitals with at least two cars being abandoned after the drivers were unable to drive anymore and called paramedics for further help. After family members of the victims were notified, many of them thronged the hospitals as they waited for more updates from the police.
The nightclub where the Cincinnati shooting incident happened is a popular hangout place for young people from around the region. On the day of the shooting, the club was holding a Saturday night event described as a “grown and sexy night” on its official Facebook page. The club was also known to local authorities as a problem area and that it had faced “challenges” in the past. In fact, the club is also known to hire police for extra security, with two officers at the entrance and two in the car park always present.
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