UPDATE, 12:25 p.m.: Cincinnati police say the nine people injured in a mass shooting in Over-the-Rhine early Sunday morning are between 23 and 47 years old.
Cincinnati Police Lt. Col. Mike John told a midday news conference that eight men and a woman were shot after at least two people involved in a fight brandished guns and walked over to each other. be fired upon at 13th and Woodward streets.
All of the victims were treated at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and released, a hospital spokesperson said.
Police said around 15 shots were fired in the shooting.
Two officers saw a person shooting at people on Main Street, south of Woodward Street. An officer fired a gun at the shooter, who fled east towards Sycamore Street. It remains unclear whether the person was hit, police said.
“We need personal accountability,” Councilman Scotty Johnson said.
John said police were already at the scene when the shooting broke out. Cincinnati police have stepped up patrols over the past month in the area due to increased crowds.
“This has no place in our city, period,” Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval said. “We will continue to work hard to prevent gun violence in the future.”
There was also a shooting in the central business district and police said at least two people were injured. John said we don’t believe the two shootings are related.
UPDATE, 10:10 a.m.: The nine people who were treated at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center have been released following Sunday morning’s mass shooting in Over-the-Rhine, hospital spokeswoman Heather Chura Smith told The Enquirer .
Police said they are aware of nine people injured in the Main Street shooting in Over-the-Rhine early Friday. They had said that most people suffered from lower extremity injuries.
Police are still looking for a suspect and said the shooting happened after an altercation between two groups of people.
The shoot is Fourth mass shooting in Cincinnati in 2022.
Shootings in the Outre-Rhin since January
UPDATE, 9:54: The shooting that injured nine early Sunday morning began as a physical altercation between two groups, according to the latest information released by the Cincinnati Police Department.
Officers assigned to the Civil Unrest Response Team responded at 1:39 a.m. to disperse a large crowd. While there, they saw at least two people involved in the scuffle brandishing firearms and shooting at each other on 13th and Woodward streets, police said.
Two officers saw a person shooting at people on Main Street, south of Woodward Street. An officer fired a gun at the shooter, who fled east towards Sycamore Street. It is not known if the person was hit, police said.
“The events of today are completely and utterly unacceptable,” Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval said in a press release.
“The use of guns to resolve conflicts cannot become a normal part of our culture,” Pureval said.
Pureval said the quick actions of Cincinnati police officers likely averted the loss of life and saved many more.
UPDATE, 8:49: Nine people were injured in a shootout across the Rhine early Sunday morning.
Police say the victims, all injured on Main Street, are expected to survive, but the shooter is still at large.
“Fortunately, all those who were shot are expected to survive. Members of a civil unrest response team, including the officer who shot the shooter, did a tremendous job of controlling the chaotic scene and dangerous this morning,” Hils said.
Mass shooting in Cincinnati:The OTR shooting marks the fourth mass shooting in the area this year
Both Hils and Lt. Col. Mike John said an officer shot the suspected shooter, but the person fled and it is not known if the person was hit.
Police only have a vague description of the shooter’s clothing, John said after the shooting. The shooter was wearing a white T-shirt and dark pants.
“It’s a bit unusual when we don’t know for sure whether the individual the officer shot was hit or not,” John said.
UPDATE, 8:15 a.m.: Police removed the tape from the crime scene and reopened Main Street, which was closed between 13th and Liberty streets, just after 8 a.m. Sunday.
The Over-the-Rhine section was closed as police investigated a shooting that left nine people injured.
PREVIOUS REPORT: At least nine people were injured in a shooting in Over-the-Rhine early Sunday, according to Cincinnati police.
The mass shooting happened around 1.40am outside Mister Pitiful bar at 13th and Main streets.
None of the victims are in critical condition, Lt. Col. Mike John said. He said most of the victims were struck in the lower limbs.
John said officers witnessed the shooting and a Cincinnati police officer fired a shot at a fleeing suspect, but it’s unclear if the person was hit.
There was also a shooting in the central business district and police said at least two people were injured. It’s unclear if the two shootings are related, John said.
John said several officers from the Cincinnati Police Department were involved in the investigation and it is not yet known how many bullets were fired or how many shooters were involved. Police are asking for witnesses and looking for any video taken at the scene.
John said officers applied tourniquets to the victims before emergency medical teams arrived.
He said there was a large crowd present which was encroaching on the officers and police had to deploy two kicking balls, which make a loud noise, to disperse the crowd and allow medical teams to reach the victims by ball.
He said the “percussion instrument” was not intended for anyone but was rolled into the street.
Officers were in Over-the-Rhine due to the crowds that had been on Main Street for about a month, John said.
Police are asking witnesses and anyone with video of the shooting to contact them as they continue their investigation.
This report will be updated.
Previous report: Cincinnati police are investigating what they call a mass shooting in Over-the-Rhine early Sunday morning.
The shooting happened around 1.40am outside Mr. Pitiful’s bar at 13th and Main Streets.
Lt. Col. Mike John says there was active shooter in the area and multiple shots were fired, injuring nine people.
None of the victims are in critical condition, but Lt. Col. John had no further information to provide about their injuries.
He said an officer fired a shot at the suspect as he fled, but it is unclear whether the shooter was injured.
There was another shooting in the central business district and police said at least two people were injured.
Lt. Col. John says they don’t know if the shootings in the OTR and the CBD are related.
There was a heavy police presence in the OTR due to the crowds that had been on Main Street for about a month, Lt. Col. John said.
Police are asking witnesses and anyone with video of the shooting to please contact them as they continue their investigation.