CINCINNATI, OH – A violent episode unfolded in Ohio’s West End district on Friday night, leaving one person dead and several others injured, including a number of juveniles, as reported by multiple sources.
The shooting, which took place on Betton Street at approximately 9:30 p.m., prompted a substantial response from local law enforcement. Cincinnati Police Department Chief Teresa Theetge confirmed at a press briefing that six individuals had been affected by the gunfire, one of whom, a male, was fatally wounded. The victims’ ages remain undisclosed, but it is believed that at least two are teenagers or children.
In her address, Chief Theetge expressed a strong resolve to apprehend those responsible, characterizing the incident as an unacceptable act of violence. “It’s unacceptable on a Friday night that six people are shot in our city,” she lamented.
Cincinnati’s Mayor Aftab Pureval echoed these sentiments on Twitter, describing the incident as a “horrific tragedy” and appealing for prayers. He vowed to spare no effort in seeking justice against the “sickening, heartless violence.”
The catalyst for the shooting is currently unknown, and Cincinnati police have not released any details about potential suspects. The area remains cordoned off as an active crime scene, with several homes within the perimeter.
All injured victims were rushed to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, each suffering from gunshot wounds. The hospital has not yet disclosed any details about the victims’ ages or conditions.
The incident took place less than a half-mile from Taft High School, where a football game was underway. The circumstances surrounding the death of a 5-year-old, reported among the victims, remain unclear.