CINCINNATI, OH – A devastating incident unfolded in Cincinnati’s West End on Friday night, as a shooting claimed the life of an 11-year-old boy and left five others injured. The Cincinnati Police Department has rescheduled a press briefing from Saturday to Sunday to ensure a thorough investigation and accurate information dissemination.
The shooting took place around 9:30 p.m. near Jones Street and Wade Street, according to Police Chief Terri Theetge. Officers responding to the scene found multiple victims suffering from gunshot wounds. Among the victims was an 11-year-old boy who was pronounced dead at the scene. Several other victims were minors, but their identities and ages have not been released.
Three victims were rushed to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, with one in a critical condition. As of Saturday morning, two victims remain in the hospital, while one has been discharged. Two other victims received treatment at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and were subsequently released.
Theetge expressed her deep concern over the incident, stating, “It’s absolutely unacceptable that six people were shot in one incident on a Friday night in our city.” The police have yet to release any suspect information or potential motives behind the shooting. However, Theetge reassured the community that there is no ongoing threat.
Mayor Aftab Pureval also took to social media to express his sorrow and concern over the incident, acknowledging the fear, trauma, and anger that the community is grappling with.