9 Wounded in Shooting Outside Cincinnati Bar: Police

CINCINNATI — At least nine people were wounded — none critically — in a shooting outside a Cincinnati bar early Sunday, police there said.

The majority of victims were injured to the lower legs, according to Lt. Col. Mike John from the Cincinnati Police. One officer shot at the suspect, who fled but it wasn’t clear whether that individual was actually killed. As of Sunday morning, the suspect wasn’t in police custody.

“It is a little unusual when we do not know for certainty whether the individual the officer fired on was struck or not,” John said.

John said police used what he called two “bang balls” — a “percussion instrument” with a “very loud noise” — to disperse a crowd they said had gathered around officers trying to provide aid to the wounded.

The shooting took place shortly before 2 a.m. outside Mr. Pitiful’s bar in the Ohio city’s Over-the-Rhine district, a popular nightlife area. John explained that there had been another shooting near the Central Business District, which left two others wounded.

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