2 dead, 3 wounded in shooting near downtown Cincinnati Park

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CINCINNATI (AP) — Two people died and three others were wounded in a shooting in downtown Cincinnati, police said.

Gunfire broke out at night in the area of Smale Park, Lt. Col. Lisa Davis told reporters at a news conference.

One person died at the scene, and another died at a local hospital.

The three other people who were shot were taken to hospitals. Two have minor injuries and the third is in critical condition, police said.

The shooting happened amid fireworks in the busy park.

Amber Gray said she was at the park with her son when the gunfire erupted.

“We heard screaming… we heard more shots, and we saw everyone running and screaming,” she said, adding that she grabbed her son and ran to her car to get away.

Davis said about 400 to 500 teenagers were at the park at the time of the shooting.

The ages of the people who were shot were not immediately available.

Police did not immediately have information on a suspect. It was too early to know whether the shooting was random or targeted, Davis said.

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