Cincinnati Police Chief Teresa Theetge said the gunman fired 22 rounds from a dark sedan
An 11-year-old boy was killed and five others wounded in a drive-by shooting in Cincinnati on Friday, authorities said.
Police responded to an intersection in the West End neighborhood at about 9:30 p.m. and encountered six shooting victims, including the 11-year-old boy who was pronounced dead at the scene, Cincinnati Police Chief Teresa Theetge said at a Sunday press conference.
The 11-year-old boy killed in the shooting has been identified by family on a verified GoFundMe campaign as Dominic Davis.
Four children between the ages of 12 and 15, as well as a 53-year-old woman, were taken to local hospitals for treatment. Police said one wounded victim remains in stable condition.
Chief Theetge said the gunman fired 22 rounds from a dark sedan.
“When will it stop?” Dominic’s father, Issac Davis, said at the press conference. “Will this ever stop? How many people have to bury their kids, their babies, their loved ones?”
“Anyone that knows anything, come forward please,” he added. “We’re begging.”
Mayor Aftab Pureval called the shooting a “sickening and unacceptable tragedy" and said at the press conference that it happened in a vibrant neighborhood next to a local park and historic elementary school. He noted that residents didn't feel safe leaving their homes and instead were "shouting messages of love and support to each other through open windows."
“Twenty-two rounds were fired, 22 rounds in a moment, into a crowd of kids,” Pureval said. "No time to respond. No time to react. That is the reality that these kids had to live through. And the reality, the trauma that they will have to deal with for the rest of their lives.”
“Our entire city is grieving,” Cincinnati City Manager Sheryl Long added. She referenced her own loss of a family member by gun violence and said she will work “tirelessly” with police and community partners to “bring the perpetrators to justice.”
Chief Theetge also called on the public to identify any suspects.
"To the person or persons responsible for this violent act: turn yourself in," she said. "Call a loved one, have them turn you in. If you don't, we will find you and we will bring you to justice."
Chief Theetge noted that it's too soon in the investigation to tell if the shooting was a random act of violence or a targeted incident.
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