1 dead, 16 hurt in mass shooting at Cincinnati nightclub

Published: Mar. 26, 2017 at 10:00 AM EDT|Updated: Mar. 27, 2017 at 4:11 PM EDT
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Cameo nightclub (FOX19 NOW)
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CINCINNATI (FOX19) - More than one shooter hurt 16 people and killed one man inside a crowded club Sunday morning.

Gunfire broke out around 1:30 a.m. at Cameo Nightclub, located at 4601 Kellogg Avenue in Cincinnati's East End.

The deceased man was identified as O'Bryan Spikes, 27. Two victims are in critical condition, seven are in stable condition and another five were treated and released from care.

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Cincinnati Police said the shooting resulted from a dispute between several men and escalated into shots being fired inside the club.

Multiple shooters were involved, Chief Eliot Isaac said. Initial reports indicated a conflicting number of shooters. It's not clear whether a gunman is among the wounded patrons.

Police initially said 15 people were injured, but that number raised to 16 after another shooting victim came forward late Sunday.

Four off-duty police officers patrol the parking lot and the club employs its own internal security. Despite that, multiple firearms somehow made it into the building, according to the chief.

Several hundred people were inside the large club. Rescue efforts were slightly delayed due to confusion of club-goers fleeing the scene and several people were injured while trying to escape.

"A lot of chaos, obviously, when shots were fired. People were just trying to get out and get out of harm's way," said Cincinnati Police Captain Kimberly Williams.

Police have received multiple witness accounts and are working to determine what is actually fact, according to Isaac.

"People were just going to have a good time and got shot. That is totally unacceptable," said Mayor John Cranley.

No arrests have been made and city leaders are urging the public to come forward with any information.

The Cameo club has a history of gun violence including a shooting inside the club on New Years Day 2015 and a shooting in the parking lot in September of the same year, according to City Manger Harry Black.

"Saturday night is a very young crowd. We have had incidents here in the past, but this is the worst by far," said Williams.

Multiple assaults have been reported at Cameo Nightclub from 2014 to 2016.

Federal agents have been called to the scene and Ohio Gov. John Kasich offered the state's assistance in the investigation.

Statement from Cameo Nightclub owner Jay Rodgers?:

"I want to express how deeply saddened we are by this senseless shooting.  Our goal is and has always been to provide a safe environment for our patrons.

As a part of this local community, we will continue to fully cooperate and work closely with law enforcement in their investigation to help bring the perpetrators to justice.  Cameo will remain closed until both our management completes our own investigation and the Cincinnati Police Department completes their investigation.

We extend our condolences to Obryan Spikes and his family as well as all affected patrons and their families

We will do everything in our power to cooperate and make sure the monsters that did this are caught and brought to justice."

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