A manhunt was underway in Cincinnati for a gunman after at least nine people were injured in a shooting outside a bar on Sunday, police said.
Chaos erupted shortly before 2 a.m. closing time outside Mr. Pitiful’s in the city’s historic Over-the-Rhine district. Lt. Col. Mike John said none of the injured were in critical condition.
“Most of these injuries are lower extremity injuries,” John said. “We have had officers apply tourniquets to the scene.”
John said an officer shot the fleeing suspect, described only as wearing a white shirt and dark trousers.
“It’s a bit unusual when we don’t know for sure whether the individual the officer shot was hit or not,” John said.
John said the large crowd began to encroach on the officers and two loud “punching balls” were used to clear the area so emergency medical teams could reach the injured.
Cincinnati police union president Dan Hils said the shooter was “part of a large unruly mob” on the street.
“Fortunately, anyone who is shot is expected to survive,” Hils said. “Members of a civil unrest response team, including the officer who shot the shooter, did a tremendous job controlling the chaotic and dangerous scene this morning.”
John said many of the people who fled the scene may have seen something valuable to the investigation. He asked witnesses and anyone with video of the shooting to contact police.
A shooting in the nearby central business district left two people injured, but John said it was too early to determine if the attacks were linked.
The Cincinnati Enquirer contributed to this report
John said officers witnessed the shooting and a Cincinnati police officer fired a shot at a fleeing suspect, but it’s unclear if the person was hit.