Authorities said at least 18 people were killed, including four killed, when gunfire broke out in several places around Cincinnati overnight.
Police said in a statement that officers responded after 12:30 in the Avondale neighborhood and found 21-year-old Antonio Blair with gunshot wounds. They said he was taken to the university hospital and died there. Three gunshot victims were also taken to hospital.
At around 2:15 a.m., police said officers responded to a report of a shooting in the Over the Rine neighborhood in which 10 people were killed. One 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.
Police said three people were shot dead around midnight in Walnut Hills, a block from the home of Harriet Beecher Stowe.
Media reported that the shooting took place within 60 to 90 minutes of each other, but Assistant Chief Constable Paul Newdigit told reporters that “they seem to be two separate incidents, but they are horrific and tragic.”
Police did not immediately provide details of the fourth fatal shooting, but television news reports indicated that later Sunday morning, a person – the 18th person – was shot in the city’s West End and declared dead at the scene.
No suspicious information was immediately available in any of the cases.
“One wild night in Cincinnati. Given perhaps 17 victims, as many as four may have been fatal at this time. why? That is the question, “Neudigate said before announcing the fourth shooting.
Later Sunday, the Cincinnati police chief described the level of violence as “unacceptable.”
“I call upon all the citizens of this great city to say stop!” Leader Elliot Isaac said in a statement, “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.”
Police said the administration would shift officers from other duties to boost the number of uniformed officers in the affected communities and would call on federal prosecutors and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives “to focus on repeated firing and bringing illegal weapons with force of charge.”In July, The Enquirer reported that the city saw a rise in gun violence and killings in the first half of the year compared to the same period in 2019