There's 'blood all over': 911 calls reveal chaos in Cameo Night Club after mass shooting

CINCINNATI -- 911 calls released Wednesday reveal the panic and chaos following a shooting at the Cameo Night Club early Sunday that left one dead and 16  wounded.

"We were all just dancing, and you look around and he's shot," one caller told a dispatcher.

Officials also released documents naming all the victims. They range in age from 24 to 34. One man was shot in the head. Another person was shot in the back and stomach. One person was shot three times. Within four minutes of the first call, CPR was in progress inside the club.

With police and medical personnel on the way to the scene, emergency dispatchers tried to gather as much information as they could from the callers. Many were frantic as they sought help for their wounded friends and relatives.

Asked where one victim was shot, one caller replied, "I don't know, he's got blood all over his body."

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Authorities detained one person who was seen standing on a gun.

None of the callers said they had seen the shooter.

"I didn't see the shooter, OK? I didn't see anyone," one caller said.

Another said, "I didn't see anything. I was running for my life."

Friends were separated in the chaos. A caller said one of his friends had already been driven to the hospital, but another still needed help for a gunshot wound to the side.

"One of my friends hasn't received help," he said. 

The caller said they were outside in front of the club and he didn't see anyone to ask for help. Moments later, he told the dispatcher help had arrived.

"They're here. They’re trying,” he said.

A male caller said another victim was in the men's restroom. He didn't add more details except to say: “We’ve got a lot of problems here.”

A frantic call came from a man who said he was driving his wounded brother on Eastern Avenue looking for a hospital or fire station.

"He’s shot. He’s shot. He’s shot,” the caller screamed. "We need a hospital, please. We need an ambulance, please.

“We’re driving up Eastern. We see a lot of police. We’re trying to flag them down. We need somebody to stop for us, please. Please, please, please, please.”

 

The caller told the dispatcher his brother was shot in the stomach and the back. She told him to put pressure on the wound.

"Take off your shirt if you have to," the dispatcher said.

“Put pressure on the wound!” the caller yelled to someone else in the car.

The dispatcher then told the caller to stop the car.

"You need to get out of the car and flag them down,” the dispatcher told him.

Moments later, a police car stopped.

"We're good. Hang up,"  a person with the caller told him.

In another case, a dispatcher tried to discourage a caller from transporting one of the wounded.

“We’re outside. Hurry up," the caller said. "We’re in the parking lot. Hurry up. We're gonna put him in the car."

"Do not move him,” the dispatcher said. “No, do not move him. Please do not move him. Hello?”

There was fear among some callers still inside the club who wanted to know if it was safe to come out. Some were unsure what was happening.

"I'm in the bathroom," said a frightened woman. "They’re saying there’s shooting inside and outside and I don’t know what to do and I’ve lost my friend."

As she and the dispatcher talked, she told him others in the restroom were leaving.

"I’m staying in here. I think it’s the safest thing to do," she said.

Two victims are still hospitalized in critical condition. The others have been released, including three sent home Wednesday from University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Investigators haven't said if they believe the shooters are among the injured. However, police now say they are not actively looking for suspects and the public is not at risk.

No arrests have been made and no motive has been given. Police believe multiple people opened fire in the club just before 1:30 a.m.  

Police and city officials are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.

Go to WCPO.com/Cameo for complete coverage.

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