Cameo nightclub shooting in Cincinnati: What we know now

What we know now about mass shooting at Cincinnati nightclub early Sunday morning.

• Sixteen people shot at Cameo nightclub on Cincinnati's eastside around 2:20 a.m. EST.

• One person confirmed dead, 15 others wounded and taken to five area hospitals.

• Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac identified the deceased victim as O'Bryan Rapheal Spikes, 27. Records indicate Spikes lived in Winton Hills.

• Police said security at the club would screen patrons before entry, but multiple firearms made it through.

• As of 10:50 a.m., two people from the nightclub were listed in critical condition at University of Cincinnati Medical Center, said spokeswoman Kelly Martin. That update indicated that one patient has taken a turn for the worse. Seven other people were in stable condition.

• Two injured clubgoers were in stable condition at the Christ Hospital, said spokeswoman Kendall Herold.

• Two other victims were treated and released at Bethesda North Hospital, said spokesman Joe Kelley. One patient was taken to Mercy Health-Anderson Hospital with a gunshot wound and was treated and released, said spokeswoman Nanette Bentley. She said another person got an injury leaving the scene, not a gunshot, and came to Mercy Health-West Hospital later in the morning. That person also was treated and released.

• Police believe there were multiple shooters. No arrests have been made.

• Isaac said an altercation at the club escalated, leading to the shooting.

• The violence is not terrorism-related, according to Cincinnati police.

• The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms recovered an unknown number of firearms at the scene, an agency spokeswoman said. The ATF is running "emergency traces" on the origins of the guns.

• This is the worst mass shooting in the U.S. this year. A mass shooting is defined by four or more victims, according to the FBI.

• There have been 71 mass shootings in U.S. this year.

• Since 2013, there have been nine mass shootings in Cincinnati. The previous worst mass shooting in Cincinnati history was Aug. 21, 2015, when two people were killed and five injured at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Club bar in Madisonville.

• A man who was inside Cameo described seeing a "big brawl" before hearing at least 20 shots being fired. "It was a big gun because you heard it over the music,” said Mauricio Thompson of Cleveland. “Everybody scattered to get out."

• Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black said: "The Cameo club has a history of gun violence including a shooting inside the club on New Year's Day 2015."

• Jeff Ruby, owner of the Cincinnati steakhouses bearing his name, has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the resolution of the case.

• Ohio Gov. John Kasich said he has instructed state officials to offer any assistance to the Cincinnati-area law enforcement.

A body is removed as police operate at a crime scene outside the Cameo club after a fatal shooting, Sunday, March 26, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) (Photo: John Minchillo, AP)



16 shot, 1 fatally, at Cincinnati nightclub

The man shot and killed at Cincinnati's Cameo nightclub early Sunday morning was named by police during a news conference.

Obryan Spikes, 27, died in the shooting. At least 15 others were shot, and one of those people is in "extremely critical condition," Cincinnati police Chief Eliot Isaac said.

There were several others who were injured, as well.

The shooting was reported just after 1 a.m. at Cameo Night Club on Kellogg Avenue in Cincinnati's East End. Police believe that multiple people fired shots. No arrests have been made.

"The conflict is believed to have begun between specific groups or individuals earlier in the day, escalating and ultimately leading to this tragedy occurring at the nightclub," Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black said.

Some of the victims were taken to area hospitals via ambulance, and others arrived via their own conveyance, police said.

Assistant Police Chief Paul Neudigate said that several of the victims have life-threatening injuries.

“We are in the middle of a very horrific situation that occurred at the nightclub with multiple victims,” Neudigate said. “It’s going to be a long night for our homicide units to investigate.”

Neudigate said that police do not suspect that this was an act of terror.

Neudigate added that hundreds of people were inside of the nightclub at the time of the shooting, and called it a “chaotic crime scene.” Police believe multiple shooters fired shots inside of the nightclub.

“Many of them fled, unfortunately. Many of the witnesses fled, but everyone that we can identify is being interviewed,” he said.

One witness told WLWT News 5 that he heard the club's DJ call for security about 10 minutes before the shooting.

Surveillance cameras were inside the club at the time of the shooting, police said.

Neudigate added that Sunday morning’s shooting was one of the largest shooting cases that he has worked in his 27-plus years with the department.

Of nine victims taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center, police said two people are in critical condition and seven people are stable. Five of the seven stable patients are expected to be released soon.

Two people were treated and released from Bethesda North Hospital, and two more are at Christ Hospital in stable condition. One person was treated and released at Mercy Anderson and another was treated and released at Mercy West.

Cameo nightclub has had several issues in the past, authorities said. The club allows admission to anyone over the age of 18.

“We are aware of it. It has had some challenges in the past,” Neudigate said.

There were two shootings at the nightclub in 2015: one on New Year's Day, when someone was shot in the foot, and another in September, when a shooting victim was found in the parking lot.

Police have not said whether anyone is in custody, and the investigation is ongoing. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is helping Cincinnati police with this investigation.

Cincinnati restaurateur Jeff Ruby is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the shooting death, he tweeted Sunday.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (513) 352-3040 or on their website.

WLWT has a crew on the scene and will update this story as new information is released.


Cincinnati nightclub shooting: One killed, 15 injured

(CNN)They came for a night of music and dancing. They left by fleeing past wounded clubgoers lying on a bloody floor.

Shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday at the packed Cameo Night Club in Cincinnati, the hip-hop DJ called for security over and over, one man recalled later.

Four off-duty police officers were outside in the parking lot.

To get in, clubgoers had been searched with an electronic wand to detect hidden weapons.

Still, the witness told CNN affiliate WLWT that he heard about 20 gunshots in the club.

One person was killed and 15 wounded. Police said several people had been able to sneak guns into the club and they believe more than one person was involved in the shooting. They said it might have developed from a dispute that started earlier in the day.

The shooting was not related to terrorism, authorities said.

Police identified the slain man as O'Bryan Spikes, 27.

Several victims were undergoing surgery, Cincinnati Police Sgt. Eric Franz told CNN Sunday morning. Police do not have any suspects in custody but are interviewing witnesses.

'A lot of chaos'
Cameo is in the former home of a gay bar called Adonis, which closed in 2012.

It is in the city's East End area, on the Ohio River Scenic Byway near Cincinnati Municipal Airport - Lunken Field, amid used auto parts yards and marinas.

Cameo has been the subject of police calls in the past, authorities said. And the club hires police officers for extra security. Two officers were stationed at the club's entrance and another two in the parking lot, Franz said.
Officers in those situations are allowed to provide security only outside the clubs, Police Chief Eliot Isaac said later. Clubs are responsible for their internal security.

A man who was inside told CNN affiliate WLWT that he heard the DJ calling for security, although the music hadn't stopped.

"It was just a lot of chaos, obviously, when the shots went off," Cincinnati Police Department Capt. Kimberly Williams said. "People (were) just trying to get out of harm's way."

To leave the club, some partiers had to flee past injured people on the floor.

Witnesses and injuries
Earlier Sunday morning, Cincinnati Assistant Police Chief Paul Neudigate told the affiliate that several victims have life-threatening injuries.

"We are in the middle of a very horrific situation that occurred at the nightclub with multiple victims," Neudigate said. "It's going to be a long night for our homicide units to investigate."

Neudigate described it as a "chaotic crime scene" and said they are looking for witnesses, many of whom took off when the shooting started.

"Many of the witnesses fled, but everyone that we can identify is being interviewed," he said.
Some of the injured drove themselves to area hospitals, police said.

One patient was treated for a gunshot wound and released from Anderson Hospital, said Nanette Bentley, hospital spokeswoman. Another person walked into West Hospital with a non-gunshot injury and was treated and released, Bentley said.

Club has had "challenges in the past'

The Cameo nightclub allows admission to anyone over the age of 18 on Friday nights. Saturday nights are 21 and above and promoted as "grown and sexy" night.

Cameo has a history of violent incidents, WLWT reported.

"We are aware of it. It (the club) has had some challenges in the past," Neudigate said.

Multiple assaults were reported at Cameo from 2014 to 2016, affiliate WXIX reported.

The club on Kellogg Avenue is neighbors with other businesses, including a scrapyard and several other clubs, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

Worst US mass shooting so far this year
The incident is the worst mass shooting (for total number of victims) so far in 2017.

In Cincinnati alone, there have been at least nine since 2013. The most recent was February 28, when six people were shot at an apartment building in Northside.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is helping Cincinnati police with this investigation.

"Saddened to learn about last night's shooting in Cincinnati," Ohio Gov. John Kasich tweeted. "Our prayers are with the victims and families of all of those involved.

"I've instructed our administration to offer any assistance the state can provide."

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