Cincinnati nightclub shooting: Cameo owner calls shooting 'senseless'

CINCINNATI -- The owner of Cameo said the shooting that took place at his nightclub early Sunday morning was “senseless.”

Jay Rodgers, the owner of Cameo, issued a statement Sunday evening after gunfire killed one person and injured 16 others at his nightclub on Kellogg Avenue.

“On behalf of the Cameo Nightclub family and staff, I want to express how deeply saddened we are by this senseless shooting.  Our goal is and has always been to provide a safe environment for our patrons.

As a part of this local community, we will continue to fully cooperate and work closely with law enforcement in their investigation to help bring the perpetrators to justice.  Cameo will remain closed until both our management completes our own investigation and the Cincinnati Police Department completes their investigation.

We extend our condolences to Obryan Spikes and his family as well as all affected patrons and their families.

We will do everything in our power to cooperate and make sure the monsters that did this are caught and brought to justice.

We ask anyone with information to call Crimestoppers: 513-352-3040.”

O'Bryan Spikes, 27, was the victim who died, according to Police Chief Eliot Isaac. Two other victims are in critical condition at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Police originally reported 15 people were injured, but Isaac said 16 people were injured during a press conference Monday morning. 

Isaac said the shots broke out after several men got into an argument inside the nightclub. No arrests have been made. 

Crowds of people rushed to escape the crowded nightclub as rounds of shots rang out. One woman said she dove on the ground outside to escape flying bullets. 

 

Mayor John Cranley called the shooting "evil." 

"This is America. We should have the right to go out and have a good time, and we should not be expecting that gunfights will take place in nightclubs," Cranley said.

Cranley also asked members of the public and any witnesses to come forward with information. 

 

For WCPO's complete coverage on the Cameo nightclub shooting, visit wcpo.com/cameo.

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