CINCINNATI — UPDATE Aug. 9:
Cincinnati Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering a $5,000 reward for information that could lead to the arrest of people they believe are responsible for a shooting that injured nine.
CPD asked on social media that anyone with information about the shooting to contact ATF at 1-88-283-8477 or CrimeStoppers at 352-3040.
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PREVIOUS REPORTING Aug. 7:
At least nine people have been injured after a shooting in Cincinnati early Sunday morning.
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.
Just before 1:40 a.m. officers responded to Main and 13th streets in OTR to disperse a large disorderly crowd.
In the process of breaking up this crowd, two groups broke out into a physical altercation. CPD said at least two people involved in the altercation pulled out firearms and exchanged gun fire near the intersection of Main and Woodward streets.
Two officers assigned to the Civil Disturbance Response Team (CDRT) saw an individual shooting south of that intersection on Main Street. CPD said one of those CDRT officer’s, Joe Shook discharged one round from their gun at that individual. CPD said the individual fled east toward Sycamore Street.
“We have one Cincinnati police officer that discharged one round, and we do not know if that officer struck the individual that he was firing the gun at,” John said. “What I can tell you is the individual he was shooting at was actively firing a firearm at that time.”
John said it is unclear if any of the suspects were part of the nine people taken to the hospital.
John said CPD deployed two “bang balls” — a percussion instrument used by police — that were rolled into the street to disperse the large crowd and attend to the injured. He said officers then applied tourniquets at the scene.
“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.”
CPD is currently looking for at least 2 shooters. They are asking anyone that may have witnessed this incident or has additional information to contact the CPD Criminal Investigations Section at 513-352-3542.
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