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Backfiring car drew reports of gunfire Downtown, police say

Posted at 3:32 PM, Nov 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-02 09:59:25-04

CINCINNATI -- Reports of shots fired Downtown Thursday afternoon were false, according to police.

The sound was actually a backfiring car.

Police said they received numerous calls about shots fired near Fourth and Main streets. However, an investigation turned up several witnesses who said the sound was actually a car backfiring, and there were no indications of a shooting.

At least one building was put on lockdown in response to the sound.

Capt. Mike Neville, the District 1 police commander, thanked the people who called 911, allowing police to respond quickly.

"While the reports of gunfire in the area of 400 Main Street was determined inaccurate, I want to express my appreciations to all those who called 911," he said. "All citizens have the right to feel uneasy when a car backfires, and we understand their concerns.

Some people working Downtown may still be on edge after a shooting in September. A gunman killed three people when he began shooting in the lobby of the Fifth Third Center by Fountain Square. Police also shot and killed the gunman.