CINCINNATI– A Cincinnati nightclub is giving up its liquor license after a shooting over the weekend left one person dead and 17 wounded.
The Cameo club, a popular hip-hop music spot near the Ohio river east of downtown Cincinnati, also will remain closed until police complete the investigation.
Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black said the club is voluntarily surrendering the license. Ohio liquor agents who inspected the Cameo club after the Sunday shooting said they found marijuana in plain view along with partially smoked marijuana in an employee-only section.
Police Chief Eliot Isaac declined to say whether police have identified possible suspects in the Sunday gun violence inside the Cameo club, a popular hip-hop music spot near the Ohio river east of downtown Cincinnati. But Isaac said police weren’t actively looking for anyone as yet.
“We’re gathering information … we’re making some progress,” Isaac said after giving city council members an update on the investigation.
Investigators believe multiple shooters were involved; police estimate more than 20 shots were fired, sending club patrons diving to the floor or scrambling away from a chaotic and terrifying scene.
The FBI and federal firearms agents are assisting Cincinnati police.
Isaac said a number of people have contacted police with information, including a person who came forward Sunday evening to report having been shot, raising the total number injured to 16 besides the 27-year-old man who was slain. Two of the 16 injured were in critical condition Monday. Three other people remained hospitalized in stable condition.
The initial investigation indicated a dispute in the bar escalated into a gun fight around 1:30 a.m., the chief said. No club security footage of the shooting has emerged, he said.
Isaac said some of the wounded could be key witnesses, and city officials urged any reluctant potential witnesses