At least nine people have been wounded in a neighborhood in Ohio, the United States after a man opened fire on a crowd outside a bar early in the morning, police say.
The incident occurred in the Over-the-Rhine (OTR) neighborhood in the city of Cincinnati when a man fired several shots at the crowd on Sunday morning.
The victims, none of them in critical condition, were taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center according to Lieutenant Colonel Mike John.
He said there was an active shooter in the area and multiple shots were fired.
A police officer fired one shot at the suspect as they fled the scene, but it’s unknown whether the shooter was wounded, said the Colonel.
Surveillance video shows the initial panic of people along Main Street.
"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 said.
Another shooting occurred in the Central Business District, where at least two people were wounded, police said.
The Colonel said they do not know if the shootings are connected.
Earlier in the day, US police arrested the suspect of a fatal shooting that left four people dead in Ohio on Friday.
The four victims were found with gunshot wounds at “multiple crime scenes.” The victims were all pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
The United States struggles with the violent crime as the rising number of gun deaths extends beyond recent high-profile mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, emerging nearly every day inside homes, and on the streets of many cities, according to federal data.
The surge in gun violence comes as firearm purchases rose to record levels in 2020 and 2021.
The rate of gun deaths in those years hit the highest level since 1995, with more than 45,000 fatalities each year.
Guns are almost entirely responsible for an allover rise in homicides across the US from 2018 to 2021, according to n to date from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Back in June, President Joe Biden signed into law the first major gun safety legislation passed by Congress in three decades.
The new law is the most significant federal legislation to address gun violence since the assault weapons ban of 1994.
Biden, however, acknowledged that the law falls far short of what he and his party had advocated for to stop the alarming frequency of shootings in the US.
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