CINCINNATI (AP) — Recordings of people calling 911 and police officers responding to a weekend nightclub shooting in Cincinnati in which one person was killed and 16 injured illustrate the chaos of the unfolding crisis.
One man yells repeatedly “Hurry up, hurry up!” because his friend has been shot, and a woman pleading for help for a victim says there is “blood everywhere.”
Another man tells a dispatcher two of his friends have been shot and he needs help.
I didn’t see anything,” he says in response to a dispatcher’s question. “I was running for my life.”
A panicked woman is screaming so loudly the dispatcher has trouble communicating with her. The recordings capture chaos in the background with multiple people screaming.
The 911 calls surrounding the early Sunday morning shooting at a popular hip-hop music spot near the Ohio river east of downtown Cincinnati were released Wednesday along with recordings of responding police officers.
One police officer urgently tells a dispatcher to “expedite” every unit possible, while another says three people are injured and adds: “Get me cars now!”
The dispatcher says calmly at one point: “Basically the entire city’s responding at this time.”
An incident report also released Wednesday showed the victims were in their 20s and 30s and included 14 men and three women.
The Hamilton County coroner’s office has said that O’Bryan Spikes, the 27-year-old man killed in the shooting, died from a single gunshot to the chest.
A hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday night that two victims remained in critical condition.
Police estimate 200 people were inside the Cameo club when a dispute escalated into a gunfight in which more than 20 shots were fired by an unknown number of shooters.
No club security footage of the shooting has emerged. Police have declined to comment on whether they had identified any possible suspects, but have said they are making progress in their investigation. No arrests have been made.
The venue’s operator said Cameo had planned to move out in May because of the landlord’s planned sale of the property but will instead close its door for good on Friday.
Associated Press writer Andrew Welsh-Huggins reported from Columbus, Ohio.
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