Cincinnati nightclub shooting: What public officials are saying

Posted at 9:28 AM, Mar 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-28 09:37:45-04

CINCINNATI -- City and state officials offered condolences to the victims of a shooting at Cameo Night Club early Sunday, calling it an "absolutely horrific act of violence."

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley offered prayers to everyone involved:

Councilwoman Yvette Simpson, a mayoral candidate, said she was praying for the victims.

"We are still waiting for details about the shooter(s), and why and how this occurred," Simpson wrote on Facebook. "Thanks to CPD and Fire for their work in responding to this tragic incident."

Rob Richardson Jr., another mayoral candidate, said it hits close to home, as he has younger family members who attend the club.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich said he was "saddened" to learn about the shooting and offered help to Cincinnati police:

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine also offered prayers:

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters, always blunt, said he was sure police would find the "idiots" responsible:

U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Cincinnati, said he was grateful for first responders and praying for the victims:

"Last night's shooting at Cameo Night Club was an absolutely horrific act of violence," Councilwoman Amy Murray posted on Facebook. "To the victims and their family and friends, the entire city of Cincinnati is keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. I have been in contact with the administration and the Cincinnati Police Department to learn more about the incident so that justice for the victims can be pursued."

Councilman Chris Seelbach said he was "devastated" by the violence:

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-OH, and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, both issued statements thanking police and fire officials:

"While we are still learning the details surrounding this horrific tragedy, we thank our first responders for acting quickly and providing critical care for those at the scene," a statement from Portman's office said. "Jane and I extend our thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families. My office stands ready to help them and our law enforcement authorities in any way we can."

"Our hearts are broken for the families of the victims and the entire Cincinnati community," a statement from Brown's office said. "Connie and I are grateful to the police and first responders who responded to the scene and the medical personnel caring for the injured. We ask everyone to join us in praying for their recovery. My office will offer any assistance we can as law enforcement continue to investigate."

Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld asked for prayers for the victims:

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