A mass shooting in Cincinnati’s West End neighborhood on Friday night resulted in the death of an 11-year-old boy and the injury of five others, with juveniles among the victims, according to the local police. The incident, which took place near Jones and Wades streets, was first detected by ShotSpotter, a gunfire alert system, just before 9:30 p.m.
Cincinnati Police Chief Teresa Theetge confirmed the fatality at the scene and stated that five individuals were transported to local hospitals for treatment. Some of the injured were minors, though specific ages have not been disclosed, aside from the 11-year-old deceased victim.
Three of the injured parties were admitted to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. A hospital representative reported that one patient had been released while two remained in critical but stable condition as of Saturday. The two victims who received care at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center were released the following day.
Further details about the victims or potential suspects have not been made public at this time. An official news conference with Cincinnati police, Mayor Aftab Pureval, and City Manager Sheryl Long is anticipated for Sunday at 2 p.m.
Mass shootings, as defined by various sources including USA TODAY, the Associated Press, and the Gun Violence Archive, involve at least four individuals being shot. By this measure, Friday’s event qualifies as such.
Theetge stressed there was no immediate ongoing danger to the public and expressed a determined effort by the police to apprehend those responsible for the violence. She emphasized the urgency of addressing the frequent occurrences of gun-related violence and the need for humane conflict resolution.
Mayor Pureval, in a message on X platform, expressed his grief over the “horrific tragedy” and appealed to the community for support while assuring that the authorities are committed to seeking justice.
Mitch Morris, founder of the anti-violence organization Save Our Youth − Kings & Queens, who was on the scene Friday, highlighted the urgent need for a focused approach to youth violence.
The latest violence exacerbates what is projected to be Cincinnati’s worst year for teen shootings, with the count reaching 47 victims between 13 and 17 years old before Friday, nearing the peak of 50 set in 2009.
Prior to this incident, the West End had experienced other teen shootings and a total of 30 adults injured by gunfire in 2023, along with three homicides. Morris called for an immediate, united front among local authorities, educational institutions, medical facilities, law enforcement, and social services to confront the growing issue of youth violence.
The city is facing a critical moment, with a collective response required to tackle what Morris describes as a “cancer” within the community.