5 Shot, 3 Dead in Attack Near University of Cincinnati

Rachel Acenas
By Rachel Acenas
July 1, 2024US News
5 Shot, 3 Dead in Attack Near University of Cincinnati
The University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio, in August 2014. (Google Maps/Screenshot via NTD)

Three people have been killed and two others injured in a shooting near the University of Cincinnati (UC) overnight, authorities confirmed.

The attack happened in the Corryville neighborhood early Monday in the area of Highland and East University Avenues, just blocks away from the UC campus. Officers with the Cincinnati Police Department (CPD) were on-patrol when they heard nearby gunfire erupt around 3 a.m.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all who have been impacted by this tragic incident, this is simply heartbreaking,” Lt. Jonathan Cunningham told NTD in a statement.

A total of five people were shot.

“All victims are male and their ages have not been confirmed at this moment,” according to Lt. Cunningham.

Two people were pronounced dead at the scene. A third victim was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and later died from their injuries sustained in the shooting.

Two more gunshot victims are in stable condition at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

According to CPD Capt. Mark Burns, police witnessed an individual running into a residence with a firearm but later came out of the home and voluntarily surrendered. That person was taken into police custody.

“They don’t know if he was the shooter or if he was hiding a weapon—we have no idea,” Cpt. Burns told the media at the scene.

The victims’ identities have not yet been released.

Police at the scene told local media that the scene spanned multiple blocks. Part of East University Avenue was closed as law enforcement conducted its investigation.

A motive for the attack remains unknown.

The university’s Department of Public Safety sent out a series of alerts that warned students about the shooting, urging them to “be observant” and to “take action as needed.”

The shooting prompted criticism online about violence in the city.

“What has the mayor done to address the violence that appears to be escalating?” one person asked on social media in response to the shooting.

“Just another day in Cincinnati sadly and nothing will change because nobody cares,” another individual posted.

No arrests have been announced. Lt. Cunningham told NTD that the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.