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Cincinnati Police Chief Says Cameo Investigation Continues

Bill Rinehart

Cincinnati police now say 17 people were shot inside a night club early Sunday morning.  

Police Chief Eliot Isaac tells City Council's Law and Public Safety Committee another victim came forward Sunday night.  
O'Bryan Spikes, 27, was killed during the incident at the Cameo Night Club on Kellogg Avenue.  

Five victims remain hospitalized with two in critical condition.

"I'm very confident that we will find those that are responsible for this," Isaac said.

Isaac did not provide much new information on the investigation. He basically updated council members on his comments to the media from Sunday.

"I can say that the investigation is progressing," Isaac said. "There are a number of things that we're still trying to sort out and I don't want to say too much that may compromise the investigation at this point."

The police chief reiterated the incident at the night club was likely the result of a conflict that started earlier Saturday.  

He also says there is likely more than one shooter based on the number of shots fired.  

Police have not yet publicly named any suspects or persons of interest.

Isaac says there is still much work to do as the investigation moves forward.

"Those that were closest to the incident have been injured," Isaac said. "They're recovering, so it's not always in that first 24 hours that we're able to get their eyewitness account of what occurred. There are a lot of people that were involved that were right there very close that are recovering from very serious injuries."

Isaac says the Cameo Night Club owner is cooperating with investigators.

City Manager Harry Black praised first responders who handled the incident.

"Their response was quick, it was very comprehensive and I'm very convinced that absent their actions and the speed of their actions, it might have been a worse situation," Black said.

The city said in a news release Sunday the club has a history of gun violence including a shooting inside on New Year's Day 2015 and a shooting in the parking lot in September 2015.

In Ohio, liquor permits are issued by the state government. Local officials can file objections to such permits when they are up for renewal. Cincinnati does that on an annual basis, and that process is scheduled to begin next month. It is unclear whether the city will object to the night club's permit.

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