Authorities in Ohio said a shooting near a recreational center at the night left one person dead and multiple other victims, some of which were juveniles, according to multiple reports.
According to local Cincinnati news outlet WLWT, a heavy police presence responded to the shooting which took place on Betton Street, in the West End neighborhood of Cincinnati, around 9:30 p.m.
Cincinnati Police Department Chief Teresa Theetge said during a press conference at the scene, near TQL Stadium and Laurel Park, that six victims had been shot, including one male who is deceased. His age and the ages of the other victims were not provided. At least two of the victims are believed to be teenagers or children, according to WCPO reporter Sean DeLancey.
“We are gathering all evidence so we can bring these people to justice,” Theetge said, WXIX reported. “It’s unacceptable on a Friday night that six people are shot in our city.” “This is happening too often,” Theetge added, WLWT reported.
Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval tweeted about the shooting just before midnight Friday evening.
“Tonight, there was a horrific tragedy in the West End. Children were shot. At least one life was lost. Our friends and neighbors are feeling unimaginable fear, trauma, and anger,” he wrote.
Pureval added: “Right now, I’m asking for your prayers. We will keep you updated as our officers continue their investigation. But I promise this: we will give everything we have to deliver justice against this sickening, heartless violence.”
It is not immediately clear why the shooting started, and Cincinnati police have not provided any information on a possible suspect or suspects at this time.
The scene remains active with police having taped off the road leading to several homes.
Officials said the victims were transported to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, with several of the victims having gunshot wounds, WLWT reported.
The hospital did not provide the ages or conditions of the victims.
According to WLWT, the shooting took place less than a half mile from Taft High School, where a football game was being played.