6 victims of the Springfield shooting are expected to survive; Police chief says no suspects are in custody – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio
SPRINGFIELD – Several shooters are believed to be responsible for injuring six people in a mass shooting at a rally in Springfield, but all of the victims suffered non-life threatening injuries and are expected to survive, officials said of the City of Springfield at a Wednesday afternoon press conference.
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Police Chief Lee Graf, City Manager Bryan Heck and Mayor Warren Copeland spoke at the press conference.
Graf said police were called to the building at 1935 South Yellow Springs Street just before 1:50 a.m. after police received multiple 911 calls indicating that a shooting had occurred. Graf said officers arrived at the scene within one minute of the first calls and began providing first aid to the victims and launching their investigation.
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One of the victims was shot in the chest and was airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital for treatment, but the victim’s injuries are not believed to be life threatening. Five other victims were all taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center with injuries also considered not to be life threatening.
Four of the shot victims are men and two are women, according to the Springfield Police Incident Report. the victims are between 20 and 25 years old and all are listed as residents of Springfield.
Despite the swift police response, the suspected shooters had already fled the scene by the time police arrived, Graf said.
Graf did not confirm any suspects were in custody and did not say whether police identified any potential people of interest. Graf’s statement contradicts what Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said earlier today, where the governor said two people were in custody.
Graf said he did not speak to the governor’s office about the incident and asked further questions of the governor’s office.
Preliminary investigation suggests that there were several shooters, but how many and how many shots were fired, has not been released.
The building had been rented by a group for a rally, but Graf declined to give details of the rally. Heck said at the start of the press conference that the incident began with an event held in honor of a person lost to the violence.
“An event last night in our community that was meant to honor the life of someone gripped by violence turned into violence itself,” Heck said. “One act of violence, especially with the use of firearms, is too much. “
Earlier, Springfield Police investigators said the shooting took place during a celebration of life gathered in the building for a person who died several years ago. As the Celebration of Life unfolded, one person entered the building and began shooting people, investigators previously told News Center 7.
Graf said new details related to potential suspects are being gathered, including whether any people of interest who have been identified will be made public at a later date.
After the shooting victims were taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center, several family members and a large crowd gathered, prompting the hospital to be locked down. Several other agents from other agencies, including the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, responded to help the hospital units.
Graf said the response at the hospital had been handled as well as possible.
Police are asking any witnesses who have not yet spoken to police, or anyone with information about the shooting, to contact Springfield Police at 937-324-7610 and ask to speak to detectives.
Graff added that the preliminary investigation does not indicate that the incident was a hate crime, as defined by federal and state law, and does not appear to be linked to gangs or organized crime.
Graf said police across the country are bracing for what could be a violent summer with multiple instances of gun violence. Graf added that, in general, a small number of people are involved in or responsible for the gun violence and that Springfield Police will work to secure convictions and bring to justice those who are behind the gun violence. violence.
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