Crowded club shoot-out leaves one dead, 15 hurt
CINCINNATI: A gunfight broke out inside a crowded Cincinnati nightclub early yesterday, leaving one man dead and 15 other people wounded after a dispute among several patrons escalated into a shoot-out.
No suspects were in custody by last night 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.
Police Chief Eliot Isaac said one of the wounded was in “extremely critical condition”.
Police began receiving calls at 1.30am about gunshots at the club. Isaac said about 200 people were inside the club.
Isaac identified the dead man as 27-year-old O’Bryan Spikes. He said 15 others were injured, with some already treated and released from hospitals.
“What we know at this point 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.
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.
Another patron said she dived to the ground outside the nightclub to dodge bullets and her boyfriend climbed on top of her to protect her.
Isaac said the club had its own security operation that used detection wands and patdowns, but that police believe several firearms got inside.
Cameo’s Facebook profile said it catered to college students on Friday nights, when anyone over 18 was allowed in, while Saturdays are “grown and sexy night” for ages 21 and older. The page was taken down later yesterday.
The club has a history of gun violence, including a shooting on New Year’s Day in 2015 and one in the parking lot in September of that year. – ANA-AP