A MASS shooting left nine people injured after a gunman fired 30 shot outside a Cincinnati bar and then fled the scene, police say.
At around 1.45am on Sunday, the shooter opened fire outside Mr. Pitiful’s bar in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio.
“Seen people running and it was just melee. Chaos. I actually saw the cops running down the street trying to find the guy who they were looking for,” a witness told FOX19.
A local bar owner, Lindsey Swadner, told WLWT that she could hear about 30 shots being fired nearby.
First she heard about 10 shots, then a few seconds later she heard about 20 more.
“You had first where it went ‘bang, bang, bang, bang,’ we all start looking around going, ‘Was it over?’,” said Swadner.
“And then you heard ‘bang, bang, bang, bang’ and everyone started running inside of wherever you could go,” she said.
People began to run and find safety in her bar, At The Hub, including a wedding party, Swadner said.
“And so we started pulling people inside. I made sure everyone was inside.
“I walked up the street to see what happened and there was, of course, more shooting victims, I’m not sure how many,” said Swadner.
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Swadner began to see the bloodshed unfold among the victims.
“I saw two men laying on the ground, kind of holding their leg, so, shot in the legs,” she said.
“There was another man who was sitting in a chair and he seemed to be unable to move,” said Swadner.
She said that “the man in the chair had to be lifted out of the chair not realized he had been shot.
Swadner continued: “There was another man on the ground, I’m pretty sure they were giving him chest compressions or somebody was over him.
Amid the chaos, police tried to break up the large crowd:
“Car 50, we’re gonna do another bang grenade. Standby. Car 50, I copy. Another flash bang going out, trying to push the crowd back,” officers said on radio traffic.
An officer was able to fire one shot at the suspect, but the shooter managed to get away.
It’s unclear if the shooter was injured by the bullet.
The victims were taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, but none of them are in critical condition, according to police.