Cincinnati mass shooting Sunday morning is the worst in the U.S. this year so far (AP)

Mass shooting in Cincinnati is the worst of 2017: Reminds us that gun violence is a continuing problem in Trump's America

Shots fired at Cameo club in Cincinnati early Sunday morning leave city on edge, and one dead


Alli Joseph
March 26, 2017 9:44PM (UTC)

The Cameo club in Cincinnati has a history of violence, and according to officials there was no evidence of terrorism in the aftermath of shots fired there at around 1 a.m. on Sunday.

According to the AP, one person was killed, and more than a dozen were wounded.  City manager Harry Black released a statement saying that authorities believe a conflict on Saturday led to the shooting.

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As of this morning, there was no suspect in custody. Ohio Gov. John Kasich wrote on Twitter,  "[I was] saddened to learn about last night's shooting" and that he was offering the state's assistance with follow-up.

Assistant Police Chief Paul Neudigate tweeted that there was only one reported shooter, however, police were investigating whether others were involved.

Police initially believed that there were "at least a couple of shooters" at Cameo. Only one body was removed this morning, around 6 a.m., and the AP reported that the The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was at the scene. Public response on Twitter to the tragedy criticized Neudigate for calling the shooting non-terror related, and many tweeted that the police department's determination of whether the crime was to be classed as a terrorist act or that of a "crazy" person was racist - and based on skin color.

CNN reports this is the worst mass shooting (for total number of victims) so far in 2017, according to Gunviolencearchive.com. There have been 71 in the US this year, and in Cincinnati, there have been at least nine since 2013. The most recent was February 28, when six people were shot at a local apartment building.

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One local business owner is trying to help police catch the shooter, and he's doing it on Twitter. According to local news station WLWT5, restaurateur Jeff Ruby is "offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the shooting death."


Alli Joseph

Alli Joseph is a writer/producer and family historian; a Native New Yorker, she is a member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation.

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