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Cincinnati nightclub shooting victim identified

Cops said Sunday they are now looking for several shooters in the Cincinnati nightclub shooting[1], as the name of the dead victim was released. O Bryan Raphael Spikes, 27, was killed and 15 other people wounded during the chaotic shooting that broke out at 2:20 a.m. inside Cameo nightclub, police said.

Motive is still unclear but there are no indications this incident is terrorism-related, Cincinnati assistant police chief Paul Neudigate tweeted[2]. Authorities had originally said they were looking for more than one shooter before correcting themselves to say only one gunman[3] was wanted and then reversing themselves again.

What we know at this point in the investigation [is that] several local men got into some type of dispute inside the bar and it escalated to shots being fired from several individuals, police chief Eliot Isaac said.

Club security makes patrons go through a metal detector, police said.

What we know at this point [is that] several firearms were able to be brought inside the bar, Isaac said. But club patron Sherell Johnson said there was no metal detector or hand-held wand used when she showed up at Cameo at 12:30 a.m.

[A security guard] was just taking money. He wasn t patting them (patrons) down [for weapons], Johnson told The Enquirer newspaper.

He was just accepting the money, telling people, this is the no-wait line, they were paying $40 to $60 to get in that line. Johnson, a Chicago resident and Cincinnati native, was in town visiting family. Her boyfriend Angel Cruz said he had had a bad feeling about Cameo before gunfire erupted.

We left Chicago to get away from all that, Cruz said.

The victim Spikes had three kids and lived in the Winton Hills neighborhood of Cincinnati, officials said. And of the 15 wounded, two were listed in critical condition on Sunday, police said.

Cincinnati Nightclub Shooting Victim IdentifiedPolice operate at a crime scene outside the Cameo Nightclub after a fatal shooting,AP

You begin to wonder, where is it safe to go? Ohio Gov. John Kasich bemoaned to CNN s State of the Union and host Dana Bash.

I have spoken to our head of public safety, Dana, and the fact is, you don t want to get you don t want to be speculating. But it appears as though there was one shooter, not terrorism-related. City Manager Harry Black said the deadly confrontation started between two groups earlier, well before combatants had reached Cameo.

This conflict is believed to have begun between two specific groups or individuals earlier in the day, escalating and ultimately leading to this tragedy, he said.

The dance club was filled late Saturday night and early Sunday morning when shots rang out at 4601 Kellogg Ave.

It was a chaotic scene, Sgt. Eric Franz told the Cincinnati Enquirer. The club was completely packed. A witness said the gunfire at least 20 shots boomed over the club s loud, pulsating beat.

It was a big gun because you heard it over the music, club-goer and Cleveland resident Mauricio Thompson said. Everybody s running, Everybody scattered to get out of the club. Four police officers were already at the nightclub working as security guards two at the entrance and two more in the parking lot when shots rang out.

It was just a lot of chaos, obviously, when the shots went off, Capt. Kimberly Williams told WLWT[4]. People (were) just trying to get out of harm s way.

Cops are asking clubgoers, who fled for their lives, to call them.

Many of the witnesses fled, but everyone that we can identify is being interviewed, Neudigate said.

All the victims were taken to five different hospitals.

People were just going to have a good time, and they got shot. That is totally unacceptable, said Mayor John Cranley, calling the shooting a heinous crime.

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  1. ^ Cincinnati nightclub shooting (nypost.com)
  2. ^ Cincinnati assistant police chief Paul Neudigate tweeted (twitter.com)
  3. ^ before correcting themselves to say only one gunman (nypost.com)
  4. ^ Capt. Kimberly Williams told WLWT (www.wlwt.com)

Hero guard fatally shoots armed bank robber

An Illinois security guard is being hailed as a hero when he shot dead a masked bank robber who opened fire on him, officials said. In surveillance video, Brian Harrison a retired sheriff s deputy instantly pulls out his holstered pistol and shoots Laurence Turner, 34, inside the Alpine Bank in Rockford, WALB reported[1].

There is no doubt in my mind the actions of Brian Harrison saved the lives of those that were employees in the Alpine Bank location on that date and saved his own life, Winnebago County State Attorney Joe Bruscato said Wednesday. He said Harrison s actions were justified because he shot Turner in self-defense and in defense of others.

Turner was on drugs when he walked into the branch Jan. 20 and shot once at the ceiling before targeting Harrison, who hit him twice in the chest and buttocks.

They are taught generally to shoot center mass in the body. This is a very dynamic, active situation and he s doing what he was trained probably for 30 years to do and it was eliminate and take care of the threat, Rockford Police Chief Dan O Shea told WREG[2]. Three bank employees were on duty and a customer was in the drive-through when the shooting erupted, Bruscato said. No one else was injured.

Hero Guard Fatally Shoots Armed Bank RobberLaurence TurnerRockford Illinois Police Dept.

Authorities linked Turner to three other armed robberies in which he also fired his gun late last year. He stole a laptop at Mincemoyer Jewelers on Nov. 23, made off with cash from Harvard State Bank on Nov. 28 and also stole money from the Members Alliance Credit Union on Dec. 16.

Those cause greater concern, someone who s willing to fire a weapon rather than just carry it are always a little more important to us, O Shea said.

Alpine Bank said in a letter to the Rockford Register Star[3] that Harrison, who was on administrative leave, acted with courage and quickness to protect our family. You are a hero to each and every one of us.

Jennifer Cacciapaglia, corporate counsel for Metro Enforcement, said Harrison is ready to be back on duty and expected to return shortly.

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  1. ^ WALB reported (www.walb.com)
  2. ^ told WREG (wreg.com)
  3. ^ in a letter to the Rockford Register Star (www.rrstar.com)

Senator: Coast Guard cuts conflict with Trump security goals

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says a proposed $1.3 billion cut to the Coast Guard’s budget conflicts with President Donald Trump’s goal of strengthening border security and rebuilding the armed services. The Alaska Republican outlined her concerns in a letter to Trump, released Monday. She says the cuts proposed by the Office of Management and Budget would have “far-reaching implications on national security” and force the Coast Guard to halt a program in which it replaces older ships with state-of-the-art vessels built in U.S. shipyards.

Without replacements for failing ships, she says, the agency would have to choose where to focus its resources.

Murkowski cited a need for a physical presence in the Arctic, an area in which she says the U.S. lags because the Coast Guard lacks sufficient ice-breaking capability.

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