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PD: One man dead, one woman injured after shooting in Our Daily Bread soup kitchen

One man is in custody
Posted: 9:03 AM, Jan 09, 2017
Updated: 2017-01-09 23:46:10-05
PD: 2 people shot near OTR soup kitchen
PD: 2 people shot near OTR soup kitchen
PD: 2 people shot near OTR soup kitchen

CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati police say one man died as a result of a shooting Monday morning in an Over-the-Rhine soup kitchen. Another man is in custody and one woman was hospitalized.

Police responded to reports of a shooting at Our Daily Bread, a soup kitchen in Over-the-Rhine, at 8:45 a.m. The organization's executive director Georgine Getty estimates 150 people were inside the building when the shots were fired.

Police said Robert Jacobs, 43, who now stands charged with murder and felonious assault, walked into the building shortly after it opened and began shooting. He was taken into custody without incident.

"I don't think it's very common for this type of thing to occur," Lt. Steve Saunders from CPD said. "In fact, it's very rare that somebody would even come in and do what this person did."

The male victim, 28-year-old Deante Mattocks, died at the scene. The female victim, whose identity police have not released, was hospitalized but expected to recover from her injuries, according to a news release.

The staff of Our Daily Bread released a statement Monday afternoon saying they believed the shooting was related to a domestic dispute between Jacobs and two victims, none of whom were regular Our Daily Bread guests. 

"It's a miracle nobody else was hit," Our Daily Bread Executive Director Georgine Getty said. "It's absolutely a miracle."

Head chef Garland Butts said he and other coworkers worked quickly to try and get guests out of the building.

"I heard the first pop and I thought it was just somebody stepping on a bag or something, and then I looked up and I see the guy waving the gun in the air," Butts said. "Everybody ran back towards the kitchen where we were. Me and two other coworkers and we were just trying to get people out. People were just running out the back door."

Streetcar service was temporarily suspended in Over-the-Rhine due to police activity in the area, but was fully operational by noon. Race Street reopened for traffic just after 11:15 a.m.

Our Daily Bread is located across the street from Findlay Market. Staff said it would remain closed for a few days "to re-group as a staff and work with the police and security experts to increase our building safety." 

"Everyone's really shaken up by this," Georgine said.

WCPO will update this story.