Gunfire erupted inside a packed nightclub in Cincinnati, Ohio, early Sunday morning, killing at least one person and injuring 14, and police said they were still looking for the shooter.
The motive was unclear, but Cincinnati Assistant Police Chief Paul Neudigate said on Twitter that “there are no indications this incident is terrorism related.”
The shooting took place around 1 a.m. when hundreds of people were inside the Cameo Nightlife club, which the Cincinnati Police Department said has had “multiple problems” in the past.
“At this point it’s unclear exactly what instigated the shooting,” Captain Kimberly Williams said at a televised briefing. “Just a lot of chaos when the shots went off.”
On scene Cameo Night Club 4601 Kellogg. 14 victims shot, one victim decreased. pic.twitter.com/yMMlTf5Bcl
— Cincinnati Police (@CincyPD) March 26, 2017
The shooting comes less than a year after a gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 people. It was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
Police initially said they believed at least two shooters were involved in Cincinnati, but later Neudigate tweeted that there was only one reported gunman, though police were still trying to determine if there were others.
Hours after the shooting, the suspect was still at large, and police did not have a good description, in part because witnesses were reluctant to cooperate, Williams told WCPO.
Local news outlet WLWT5 reported that Assistant Police Chief Paul Neudigate said hundreds of people were inside the nightclub at the time of the shooting, calling it a “chaotic crime scene.”
The University of Cincinnati Medical Center admitted eight people injured in the shooting, one of them in critical condition, a spokeswoman told NBC News. A representative of the hospital could not be reached immediately for comment.
Cameo Nightlife’s Facebook page says it features “College Friday’s” for students 18 and older and “Saturday’s 21+ grown and sexy night.”
The club, a large single-story structure, is a 7-mile drive from downtown Cincinnati near the southeast corner of the city, the heart of the second largest metropolitan area in Ohio with more than 2 million residents.
“We are in the middle of a very horrific situation that occurred at the nightclub with multiple victims,” Neudigate told NBC News. “It’s going to be a long night for our homicide units to investigate. … Many of them fled, unfortunately. Many of the witnesses fled, but everyone that we can identify is being interviewed.”