One dead as gunman opens fire at Cincinnati nightclub

Jen Offord
Roadblock at Cincinnati shooting

A gunman has opened fire on a Cincinnati club, wounding several people and killing one. Cincinnati police tweeted on Sunday morning (26 March) that another 14 other victims had also been shot.

The shooting took place at around 1am at Cameo nightclub on Kellogg Avenue in the Linwood area of the city. Though early reports suggested there may have been more than one gunman, police said they believed there had in fact only been one shooter.

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Assistant Police Chief Paul Neudigate said: "We are in the middle of a very horrific situation that occurred at the nightclub with multiple victims – it's going to be a long night for our homicide units to investigate."

Hundreds of people were inside of the nightclub at the time of the shooting, which Neudigate called a "chaotic crime scene."

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He added: "Many of them fled, unfortunately. Many of the witnesses fled, but everyone that we can identify is being interviewed."

A number of those shot were said by local reports to have life-threatening injuries, with one apparently critical while three others were described as "serious." The victims were taken to several hospitals.

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Though the motive has not yet been established, police said there was no indication that it was terror-related and it was not being treated as a terrorist attack. It is not yet known whether the shooter was apprehended by police.

In June 2016, the city of Orlando in Florida was rocked by a mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub, which was to become the worst mass shooting by a single gunman. Omer Mateen killed 49 people after he opened fire on the LGBT nightclub.

Towards the end of last year white supremacist Dylann Roof was convicted of a mass shooting at a North Carolina church in Charleston in summer 2015. Nine people were killed in the shooting for which Roof was sentenced to death by lethal injection.

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