1 per­son dead, 15 hurt in Cincin­nati club gun­fight

Po­lice said there was no in­di­ca­tion of any ter­ror­ism link.

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By John Minchillo and Dan Sewell

Po­lice say dis­pute among sev­eral pa­trons es­ca­lated into shootout; no in­di­ca­tion of any ter­ror­ism link.

A gun­fight broke out in­side a crowded Cincin­nati night­club early Sun­day, leav­ing one man dead and 15 oth­ers wounded af­ter a dis­pute among sev­eral pa­trons es­ca­lated into a shootout, author­i­ties said.

No sus­pects were in cus­tody by late af­ter­noon in the shoot­ing at the Cameo club, which has a his­tory of gun vi­o­lence, and po­lice said there was no in­di­ca­tion of any ter­ror­ism link.

Cincin­nati Po­lice Chief Eliot Isaac said one of the wounded was in “ex­tremely crit­i­cal con­di­tion,” while a hos­pi­tal spokes­woman said two vic­tims were listed in crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

Po­lice be­gan re­ceiv­ing calls at 1:30 a.m. about gun­shots at the club near the Ohio River east of down­town Cincin­nati.

Isaac said some 200 peo­ple were in­side the club, one of the few hip-hop venues in the city, for mu­sic and danc­ing.

Isaac iden­ti­fied the dead man as 27-year-old O’Bryan Spikes, but pro­vided no other de­tails. He said 15 oth­ers were in­jured, with some al­ready treated and re­leased from hos­pi­tals.

“What we know at this point in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is that sev­eral lo­cal men got into some type of dis­pute in­side the bar, and it es­ca­lated into shots be­ing fired from sev­eral in­di­vid­u­als,” Isaac said.

It wasn’t clear how many peo­ple fired shots.

Club pa­tron Mauri­cio Thomp­son de­scribed a chaotic scene in which as many as 20 shots were fired as peo­ple scram­bled to get away. He said there was a fight and peo­ple were yelling for se­cu­rity to in­ter­vene be­fore the gun­fire be­gan.

“Once I got out­side, peo­ple com­ing out bloody, gun­shot wounds on them, some of their friends car­ry­ing them to the car, rush­ing them to the hos­pi­tal,” Thomp­son told WCPO-TV. “It was just crazy.”

Po­lice Sgt. Daniel Hils said the large crowd at the club was a fac­tor in the num­ber of peo­ple who suf­fered gun­shot wounds.

“When you’re talk­ing about some­thing tightly packed like that, I think in­tended tar­gets aren’t go­ing to be the only thing that’s hit,” said Hils, who is pres­i­dent of the Fra­ter­nal Or­der of Po­lice lo­cal. “When you start­ing throw­ing lead around, and there’s a lot of other peo­ple stand­ing around, then the other peo­ple are go­ing to get hit.”

Isaac said the club has its own se­cu­rity op­er­a­tion that uses de­tec­tion wands and pat-downs, but that po­lice be­lieve sev­eral firearms got in­side. Four of­fi­cers were work­ing se­cu­rity in the club’s park­ing lot and some tried un­suc­cess­fully to re­vive the man who died.

Cameo’s Face­book pro­file says it caters to col­lege stu­dents on Fri­day nights, when any­one over 18 is al­lowed in, while Satur­days are “grown and sexy night” for ages 21 and older.

The club has a his­tory of gun vi­o­lence, in­clud­ing a shoot­ing in­side the club on New Year’s Day in 2015 and one in the park­ing lot in Septem­ber of that year, City Man­ager Harry Black said.

Po­lice Capt. Kim Wil­liams said there was “just a lot of chaos, ob­vi­ously, when shots were fired.”

“Satur­day night, it is a very young crowd. We have had in­ci­dents here in the past, but this is by far the worst,” she said.

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