9 injured in mass shooting in Cincinnati; suspect in custody, police say

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9 injured in mass shooting in Cincinnati; suspect in custody, police say

At least 9 people were injured in a mass shooting in downtown Cincinnati in the early hours of Sunday morning, police said.

As the suspect was actively shooting, one officer discharged a shot, Lt. Lt. Colonel Mike John of the Cincinnati Police Department said at a news conference. He added that it was not known if the bullet struck the suspect.

He said the suspect fled the scene, saying that nobody was currently in custody.

He said that none of the victims were in critical condition and most of the injuries are lower extremity injuries.

A large crowd that had quickly gathered was dispersed after officers deployed two bang balls in the air, as officers tried to make way for the emergency services to treat the wounded.

According to preliminary information, the suspect was wearing a white shirt and dark pants. He said the investigators were canvassing the scene and looking for witnesses. Camera footage would be reviewed, he said.

John said at least two people were shot in a separate incident in Cincinnati's Central Business District. He didn't provide any information about the status of the victims or details about the suspect.