Police are searching for at least two suspects after nine people were injured in a mass shooting during a chaotic scene in downtown Cincinnati early Sunday morning.
Police were called to Main Street downtown to respond to reports of a disorderly crowd, Cincinnati Police Department Lt. Col. Mike John said at a news conference Sunday.
Two groups began fighting as police cleared the crowd, and at least two people involved in the fight drew weapons and opened fire on the crowd, John told reporters.
A police officer shot at one of the attackers, who fled. A second unidentified suspect then fired more shots, John said.
In all, eight men and one woman aged 23 to 47 suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Police are asking anyone with information about the suspects to contact police.
Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval called Sunday’s gun violence “an absolute tragedy.”
“What happened last night was completely and utterly unacceptable,” Pureval said. “The gun violence we see in our community cannot and will not continue.”