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1 dead, three hurt in Sunday morning shooting at Roselawn lounge

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Posted at 6:25 AM, May 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-17 10:06:14-04

CINCINNATI — An early Sunday morning shooting at a nightclub in Roselawn left one man dead and three others wounded, according to Cincinnati Police.

Police received a call for a shooting and a fight at Brandy's Lounge on the 7700 block of Reading Road around 2:25 a.m. Officers found 36-year-old Donta Martin dead at the scene, as well as three other people who were shot and taken to local hospitals.

Cincinnati Police homicide detectives and the Hamilton County Coroner cleared the scene just after 8 a.m.

Mitch Morris, an outreach coordinator with the Cincinnati Works Phoenix Program, said tensions were running high when he arrived on scene.

"You've got a lot of people upset with what's going on, don't know what's going on," Morris said. "Then you have the loved ones, family members, they're hurting, they're grieving. You have to put yourself in their place, if your loved one was laying out there."

Police have not released the identity of the three other people who were shot but said Monday they are expected to survive.

District 4 officers have now responded to eight homicides this year compared to nine this time last year. Total violent crimes are down just slightly, by 16%.

But it's not enough, which is why Morris says his team will be out working the neighborhood Sunday.

"We'll be down in Avondale, Reading Road, Martin Luther King, just trying to spread the peace message,” Morris said. “Inspires us to get out here more and more regularly to try to get in front of this thing."

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the CPD Homicide Unit at (513) 352-3542.