At least 9 people were injured in a mass shooting in downtown Cincinnati in the early hours of Sunday morning, police said.
During a noon press conference, Cincinnati Police Department Assistant Chief John said the victims were eight males and one female ranging in ages between 23 and 47.
UC Medical Center said that as of 10:30 a.m. all patients treated from this morning’s incident have been released, according to our news partners at WCPO.
As the suspect was actively shooting, one officer discharged a shot, Lt. Colonel Mike John of the Cincinnati Police Department told a news conference. It was unknown if the bullet struck the suspect, he added.
The suspect then “fled the scene,” he said, adding that nobody was currently in custody.
None of the victims were “in critical condition and most of those injuries are lower extremity injuries,” he said.
Based on preliminary information, the suspect was wearing a white shirt, dark pants, John said. He added the investigators were canvassing the scene and looking for witnesses. Camera footage would also be reviewed, he said.
At least two people were shot in a separate incident in Cincinnati’s Central Business District, John said. He did not say if the shootings were related.
Today’s events are completely and totally unacceptable,” said Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval. “The use of guns to solve disputes cannot become a normal part of our culture. I want to express the City’s gratitude to the officers on the scene. Their quick response likely saved many more from injury and prevented loss of life.”