CINCINNATI -- It's been two days since 17 people were shot inside Cameo Night Club in Cincinnati's East End. Many locals are looking for a place to express their concerns, frustrations and fears after the mass shooting; some have turned to a prominent radio show host.
Lincoln Ware hosts a two hour talk radio show on 101.5 Soul and 1230 AM from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Friday. His show discusses topics ranging from local politics to the Bengals to police relations to men's health. He's been on the radio for 40 years and is a strong voice in Cincinnati's black community.
Ware said the station's phone lines have been flooded with calls since the Cameo Night Club shooting Sunday morning.
"Monday morning before I came in, the phones were full," he said. "Everybody was shocked with what happened. We've had night club shootings before, but nothing like this."
He said callers have pointed fingers at the owner, security, police, even music played inside the club, but most agree that the shooter(s) should take most, if not all, blame for the incident.
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"I think people are just tired of hearing about these young folks carrying guns," Ware said. "Every other day you hear of someone getting shot. And they're tough to solve, because no one wants to talk."
Ware said many callers are fed up with the "snitches get stitches" policy that seems to prevent progress in many shooting cases.
"If you know something, you need to say something," he said. "There has to be someone who was in that club who say exactly what happened, who knows who pulled the trigger, and they're not saying anything. And that really upsets me."
For WCPO's complete coverage on the Cameo nightclub shooting, visit wcpo.com/cameo.