Dad is stunned badly wounded man is nightclub shooting suspect

By DAN SEWELL - Associated Press

CINCINNATI (AP) — The father of a man hospitalized in critical condition with gunshot wounds after a Cincinnati nightclub shooting says he was elated to learn that police were charging two suspects — and then devastated to find out his son was one of them.

A man was fatally shot and 16 other people were hurt when a dispute escalated into the gunbattle at the Cameo club early Sunday. Police have arrested two men on murder charges and say more arrests are possible.

Suspect Cornell Beckley, 27, appeared in court Friday with a bandage on his forehead. A judge set bond at $1.7 million, saying the total represented $100,000 for each person injured when the gunfire broke out. A message was left Friday for Beckley’s attorney.

He was arrested Thursday in Colerain Township, just west of Cincinnati. The police complaint states that Beckley and his co-defendant “were engaged in a gun battle” that resulted in the death of 27-year-old O’Bryan Spikes. Authorities said Spikes died of a gunshot to the chest.

The hospitalized suspect, Deondre Davis, 29, has been unresponsive and on a ventilator, said his father, Jackie Davis, who called the allegations mind-blowing.

“We were so excited that they had someone, and to see my son’s face come across was devastating,” Davis told reporters Thursday evening outside the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. “My son couldn’t have done this.”

Attorney Carl Lewis said he didn’t have all the facts yet, but that Davis is innocent until proven guilty.

Hospital spokeswoman Kelly Martin said Friday that two people remained in critical condition from the early Sunday shooting.

Police estimate 200 people were inside the Cameo club near the Ohio River east of downtown Cincinnati early Sunday when a dispute escalated into a gunfight in which more than 20 shots were fired. Mayor John Cranley said the “vast majority” of those wounded were innocent bystanders.

In recordings of people calling 911, a woman pleading for help for a victim says there is “blood everywhere.”

The venue’s operator said Cameo had planned to move out in May because of the landlord’s planned sale of the property but was instead closing for good Friday. City officials say the club was the scene of other violence in recent years, including a shooting inside on New Year’s Day 2015 and another shooting in the parking lot.


Associated Press