Chief says investigation into fatal nightclub shooting is 'progressing'

Chief says investigation into fatal nightclub shooting is 'progressing'
The front entrance of Cameo nightclub (FOX19 NOW)
The front entrance of Cameo nightclub (FOX19 NOW)
O'Bryan Spikes (Provided Photo)
O'Bryan Spikes (Provided Photo)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati police officials updated city leaders Monday on the investigation into a weekend nightclub shooting that killed 1 and injured 16.

During the City Council's Law & Public Safety Committee meeting, officials confirmed another victim came forward Sunday night, bringing the total number of people shot to 17.

Police Chief Eliot Isaac said Cameo Nightclub most likely did not have surveillance cameras that captured the fight that eventually escalated into the shooting.

Isaac said the investigation is progressing, but said there's still much work to be done.

City leaders urged any witnesses to the shooting to come forward.

Police said the search for suspects continues after the shooting about 1:30 a.m. Sunday in the bar off Kellogg Avenue in the East End.

A gunfight broke out inside after a dispute among several people, police said. The shootout sent club patrons diving to the ground to dodge bullets, police said.

Twenty-seven-year-old O'Bryan Spikes was killed and 16 other people were injured.

The club has a history of gun violence, but was supposed to be checking patrons for weapons, according to city and police leaders.

However, Isaac said multiple people fired shots, and several firearms were allowed to be brought in. There is not citywide ordinance related to metal detectors at bars or clubs, Isaac told councilmembers.

There are reports, however, that some people were not checked for guns if they paid a fee, and that will be investigated, Mayor John Cranley said in a live appearance in FOX19 NOW studios Sunday night.

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At least five victims remained hospitalized Monday morning.

Two are in critical condition and three are in stable condition, according to a spokeswoman at University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Police have said they are not sure if one of the shooters is among the wounded.

Cameo will remain closed until both an internal and a police investigation are completed, the club's owner said Sunday.

Isaac said four off-duty police officers were at the nightclub when the shooting broke out and quickly responded to help assist victims.

The officers were providing security in the parking lot at the time, something police routinely do for clubs with liquor licenses.

Police do not serve as bouncers, the chief said.

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