Police said at least 18 people were shot dead during a violent Cincinnati night.
Ten people were shot at East McMicken Avenue and Lang Street in Over-the-Rhine, four at Chalfonte Place in Avondale, and three were shot near Lincoln and Gilbert in Walnut Hills. The Associated Press reported additional gunfire at a later time, bringing the total number of wounded to 18.
During the Over-the-Rhine accident, one person died at the scene and the other at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center; They were identified in a statement as 34-year-old Robert Rogers and 30-year-old Jackies Grant.
“These all seem to be separate and independent incidents, but they are horrific and tragic because we have so much violence and the potential for so much loss of life in our city,” said Assistant Police Chief Paul Neudigati.
“One very violent night in Cincinnati,” Neudigate said. “Why? That would be the question.”
Cincinnati Police Chief Elliot Isaac later described the level of violence as “unacceptable.”
“I call upon all the citizens of this great city to say stop! We must not sit idly by and say that we cannot do anything to end gun violence. We all have a moral obligation to stop the violence and stop the killing in our societies,” Isaac said in a statement.
The violence comes a day after another shooting killed 17-year-old Aurora McCarter. Police responded to reports that a person was shot at 3400 of Bassett Street around 11 pm. The victim was transferred to Mercy Health Queen City Medical Center where she died.
Like many other law enforcement agencies in the wake of the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died while in police custody in Minneapolis, the Cincinnati Police Department is facing calls to slash its budget and make changes to the city charter.
The WCPO stated that the amendment being considered in the polls in November will replace the police with a “Department of Public Safety” that would only arm officers who respond to reports of violent crime.