16 shot, 1 dead in East End night club shooting; victim identified
Megan Moore Near the Scene
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Interview with John Cranley
EAST END, Ohio (WKRC) - Fifteen people were injured and one person is dead after a shooting at the Cameo Night Club in the East End Sunday morning.
Police were called to the club at the 4600 block of Kellogg Avenue around 2:30 a.m. after shots were fired.
Chief Eliot Isaac said in a press conference Sunday that 16 people total were shot, one person dying from their injuries. That victim has been identified as 27-year-old O'Bryan Spikes.
Victims were taken to four area hospitals. Nine victims were taken to UC Medical Center. Seven are in stable condition and, of those seven, five will be released soon. Two victims are in critical condition. Two other victims were taken to Christ Hospital with minor injuries and are in stable condition. Several others were treated at Bethesda North and Mercy Anderson.
It's not known what led up to the shooting, but police believe the conflict began between specific groups or individuals earlier in the day that escalated into the shooting. Officers say they believe there is one shooter at this time.
Police are actively investigating the scene and interviewing multiple witnesses. Chief Isaac said approximately 100 people were in the bar at the time.
There were officers working details outside the club at the time. The Cameo has a history of violent incidents, including a shooting inside the club on New Year's Day in 2015 and a shooting in the parking lot in September 2015. There was also a violent incident recently on March 5. Chief Isaac said security at the club do wand individuals and pat them down, but somehow several firearms were brought into the bar.
“This is going be a long process for us to solve this crime, crimes, plural, and heal as a community,” said Mayor John Cranley. He also urged witnesses or anyone with information to come forward. They can contact Crimestoppers at 352-3040.
“We recognize the horrific nature of this incident," said City Manager Harry Black. "I have full confidence in our police professionals who are devoting all the necessary resources toward working this case. I want to recognize all of our first responders who answered the call last night and handled a very difficult situation extremely well. As our assessment and investigation continues we will continue to share information as soon as we are able.”