Two Men Arrested in Cincinnati Mass Nightclub Shooting

Mayor John Cranley said, “This is a tragedy of epic proportions. It’s the worst mass shooting in the history of the city… we have to figure out a way to get guns off the street and teach people not to resolve disputes with guns.”

Two men are facing murder charges stemming from Sunday’s mass shooting inside Cincinnati’s Cameo nightclub, and Police Chief Eliot Isaac said, “there will be more arrests to come.” The investigation continues into the worst mass shooting in the city’s history, in which 17 people were shot, one of them fatally. One suspect was arrested at a home yesterday. The second suspect, was injured in the shooting and remains hospitalized in critical condition, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Isaac said an altercation started inside Cameo nightclub and turned into a gun battle involving more than two people. Most of the victims were patrons of the club and not involved in the fight. The arrests are “very good news out of a very bad situation,” Mayor John Cranley said. “This is a tragedy of epic proportions. It’s the worst mass shooting in the history of the city…  we have to figure out a way to get guns off the street and teach people not to resolve disputes with guns.”

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Cincinnati Club Gunfire City’s Ninth Mass Shooting In 4 Years

Gun Violence Archive says Cincinnati’s nine mass shootings since 2013 resulted in 59 gunshot victims. All told, as many as a million-plus Americans are living with gunshot wounds.

At least 17 people were shot at Cincinnati’s Cameo nightclub over the weekend. O’Bryan Spikes, 27, died from his wounds. Another two were listed in critical condition. The nonprofit Gun Violence Archive said the shooting marked the ninth time that four or more people have been killed or wounded in a single incident in Cincinnati since 2013, reports The Trace. Together, these nine shootings resulted in 59 gunshot victims. All but five survived, which is a somewhat higher rate than the average. Generally, according to federal data, only one in five victims of a gun assault dies. It adds up to as many as a million-plus Americans living with gunshot wounds.

For shooting victims requiring hospital stays, the costs are steep — about $24,700 per patient, according to a pioneering study by doctors at Stanford University. Research also shows that gunshot victims are at an elevated risk for being shot again. There is much more that we don’t yet know about what happens to people after they survive a gunshot wound. The Trace has launched a survey to help it connect with more gunshot survivors and document their experiences.

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After ShotSpotter, More NYC Shootings Lead to 911 Calls

“The numbers show more people are engaging with police” after gunshot detectors were installed in Brooklyn and the Bronx, said Deputy New York City Police Commissioner Jessica Tisch.

Two years ago, the first ShotSpotter gunfire sensors were installed in Brooklyn and the Bronx amid great concern that 80 percent of the time, New Yorkers who heard shots didn’t bother calling 911. Since then, the rate has improved — with 34 percent of shootings detected by ShotSpotter also resulting in a 911 call last year, reports the New York Daily News. The rise comes as both arrests by police and complaints against officers are down substantially while the department adheres to a new policing philosophy that stresses a closer relationship between cops and the neighborhoods they serve.

Deputy Police Commissioner Jessica Tisch said the sea change is affecting the way New Yorkers think about the police department. “We know that based on neighborhood policing that the NYPD is making significant efforts to partner with the communities and we also know that cops are responding more to shots fired jobs because they know about more shots being fired,” Tisch said. “The numbers show more people are engaging with police.” Sgt. Joseph Freer said that even though the alerts are sent to cops’ smartphones and beat the average 911 caller by almost two minutes, the added value of an eyewitness or earwitness is immeasurable. In 2016, police responding to 2,399 ShotSpotter alerts recovered guns in 57 incidents. The weapons were either left at or near the scene or recovered during the execution of search warrants. Most of those incidents — 37 in all — were accompanied by 911 calls. However, 18 were not — meaning that without ShotSpotter those guns would still be on the street, Freer said.

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One Killed, 15 Others Shot in Cincinnati Nightclub

It was the biggest mass shooting in the U.S. so far this year. City Manager Harry Black said the incident was the culmination of a squabble “between two specific groups or individuals earlier in the day, escalating and ultimately leading to this tragedy.”

As clubgoers danced away on Saturday night, armed men hoping to settle a daylong score opened fire inside Cincinnati’s Cameo nightclub in the bloodiest mass shooting in the nation so far this year. One man died of his injuries and 15 others were injured, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. The violence at 1:30 a.m. triggered a sweeping panic inside the packed club while patrons raced to flee. Once on the scene to triage victims, police and firefighters had to step over wounded bodies to determine which patients needed the most immediate care, said Dan Hils of the Cincinnati Fraternal Order of Police. Investigators scoured the city for the people responsible for the shootings. The Rev. Peterson Mingo of Evanston’s Christ Temple Church said he and other leaders of the African-American community have heard from citizens who “have been giving us names and we’re sending them to the police, and they say they’re cooperating.”

“People were just going to have a good time, and they got shot. That is totally unacceptable,” said Mayor John Cranley said. City Manager Harry Black said the shooting was the culmination of a squabble “between two specific groups or individuals earlier in the day, escalating and ultimately leading to this tragedy.” Cameo had paid for four off-duty police officers to patrol the parking lot, and they were the first to respond to the shooting, Hils, the FOP president, said. “They saw a lot of the patrons running out in an absolute panic,” Hils said. “They were literally stepping over victims to get to more critically injured victims. So you’re talking about a very horrific scene there. They tried everything they could to save the one gentleman’s life. They performed CPR, the police officer did, but to no avail.”

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One Dead, 14 Injured in Cincinnati Nightclub Shooting

Police identified no motive for the incident, which was reported as the worst mass shooting in the U.S. so far this year.

One person is dead and at least 14 more were injured in a shooting early Sunday morning at a Cincinnati-area nightclub called Cameo, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. “It was a chaotic scene,” said police Sgt. Eric Franz. “The club was completely packed.” One man inside the club described seeing a “big brawl” break out before hearing at least 20 shots being fired. “It was a big gun because you heard it over the music,” said Mauricio Thompson. “Everybody’s running. Everybody scattered to get out of the club.”

“This conflict is believed to have begun between two specific groups or individuals earlier in the day, escalating and ultimately leading to this tragedy,” City Manager Harry Black said. “Cameo club has a history of gun violence including a shooting inside the club on New Years Day 2015 and a shooting in the parking lot” that year.” No arrests have been made. Assistant Chief Paul Neudigate tweeted that the “motive is still unclear, but there are no indication this incident is terrorism related.” It was the worst mass shooting in term of the number of victims so far in 2017, according to Gunviolencearchive.com. The U.S. has had 71 mass shootings this year, says Gunviolenceresearch.org.

 

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Angry-Frustrated Cops-New Data From Pew

Observations About half of the officers surveyed (51%) say their work nearly always (10%) or often (41%) makes them feel frustrated. Author Leonard A. Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Former Senior Specialist for Crime Prevention for the Department of Justice’s clearinghouse. Former Director of Information Services, National […]

Observations About half of the officers surveyed (51%) say their work nearly always (10%) or often (41%) makes them feel frustrated. Author Leonard A. Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Former Senior Specialist for Crime Prevention for the Department of Justice’s clearinghouse. Former Director of Information Services, National […]

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‘Stand Your Ground’ Rejected in Florida Theater Killing

Retired Tampa Bay police captain Curtis Reeves Jr. will face murder and battery charges for killing a fellow movie patron in a dispute over a cell phone. A judge ruled that he could not rely on Florida’s “stand your ground” law.

Retired Tampa Bay police captain Curtis Reeves Jr. will face second-degree murder and aggravated battery charges after a judge rejected his petition to dismiss the case based on Florida’s “stand your ground” law, the Christian Science Monitor reports. Reeves killed Chad Oulson at a suburban Tampa theater in 2014 over Oulson’s use of a cell phone during previews of the movie “Lone Survivor.” The ruling comes as Florida’s state senate prepares to vote on a bill that would force prosecutors to prove that a defendant was not acting in self-defense before cases are brought to trial. That would shift the burden of proof away from defendants, putting Florida at the vanguard of the two dozen states with laws permitting the use of force in self-defense – in some cases, deadly force – in confrontations where a person “fears death or great bodily harm.”

Reeves argued that the dispute became a “life or death struggle,” claiming that Oulson had struck him with either his fist or cell phone and cornered him in his seat. The judge rejected that account, finding that surveillance video countered Reeves’ claims of being hit or menaced by Oulson.  The bill being considered by Florida’s Senate has opposition from Democrats and prosecutors, who say it would stack the odds against victims of gun crimes and encourage vigilantism.Among supporters of the bill is Marissa Alexander, who was convicted in 2012 to 20 years in prison for firing what she calls a “warning shot” near her estranged husband, in another high-profile, stand-your-ground case in Florida. Alexander’s conviction was later thrown out, and she was freed in a 2014 plea deal.

 

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Dennis Strable

Dennis Dean Strable Homicide Dennis Strable 59 YOA 45th Street and Kingman Boulevard Des Moines, IA Polk County July 24, 2016   ennis Dean Strable, 59, was shot and killed at approximately 4:33 a.m. Sunday, July 24, 2016, while riding his bicycle near 45th Street and Kingman Boulevard in Des Moines while on his way […]

Dennis Dean Strable Homicide Dennis Strable 59 YOA 45th Street and Kingman Boulevard Des Moines, IA Polk County July 24, 2016   ennis Dean Strable, 59, was shot and killed at approximately 4:33 a.m. Sunday, July 24, 2016, while riding his bicycle near 45th Street and Kingman Boulevard in Des Moines while on his way […]

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Why Are Shootings Deadlier in Some U.S. Cities?

Shootings are a better measure of gun violence than murders are, writes analyst Jeff Asher. Cincinnati is one of the most violent cities among 17 whose data he obtained, as measured by shootings, despite having comparatively few murders. Newark is the opposite: a city with more murders than its shooting rate would suggest.

Shootings are a better measure of gun violence than murders are, writes Jeff Asher for FiveThirtyEight.com. There is a lot of randomness in what happens once a bullet leaves a gun — whether someone lives or dies depends heavily on luck. Focusing just on murder leaves out all the people who could have died. And it ignores the life-changing injuries and emotional trauma that often accompany nonfatal shootings. Gun violence researchers are often forced to focus on murders rather than shootings for one simple reason: better data. Cities are not required by the FBI to track shootings specifically, and many cities choose not to count them.

Cities with the worst murder rates do not necessarily have the highest rates of gun violence victimization, as measured by shooting victims per capita. Murder rates may better serve as a measure of how lethal shootings in a city are than as a measure of that city’s overall level of gun violence. Asher collected shooting victim data for last year from 17 cities. Cincinnati is one of the most violent cities on the list, as measured by shootings, despite having comparatively few murders. Newark is the opposite: a city with more murders than its shooting rate would suggest. It appears that shootings in Baltimore and New Orleans tend to be more deadly than those in Chicago, contributing to the former two having consistently higher murder rates than Chicago. What isn’t clear is why. Answering this question would provide tremendous insight into the mechanics of gun violence in U.S. cities and could help cities devise strategies for lowering their murder rates. The question is hard to answer without more complete, more detailed data.

 

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