CINCINNATI (AP) — A gunman at a social services mission in Cincinnati killed a man Monday and critically wounded a woman, police said.
Lt. Steve Saunders said police questioned the suspect after he was taken into custody just outside of Our Daily Bread, in the city’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. The mission provides hot meals, daytime shelter and other services.
Police responded around 8:45 a.m. Saunders said a man was dead at the scene and a woman was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Our Daily Bread released a statement Monday afternoon saying the shooting appeared to stem from a domestic dispute and didn’t involve any people who regularly use its services. Police weren’t sure how, or if, those involved in the shooting were related.
Garland Butts, a chef at the mission, said he heard a pop, then saw “a guy waving the gun in the air.” Butts told WCPO-TV people ran toward the kitchen and out the back door.
The mission serves 400 to 500 people a day. People were directed to nearby shelters.
Our Daily Bread Executive Director Georgine Getty said staffers were shaken by the shooting.
“We just try to be a place of safety and warmth for people who need us,” she told WCPO. “I just can’t understand why something like this would happen.”
She said about 150 people were at the mission at the time of the shooting.
The mission said it will remain closed for a few days to work with police to increase building safety.
“When we re-open, we will work with local trauma teams and the police to ensure that our guests, volunteers and staff receive the support they need to process this terrible occurrence,” the statement said.
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