CINCINNATI (AP) — A gunman at a social services mission in Cincinnati killed a man and critically wounded a woman at the facility Monday, police said.
Lt. Steve Saunders said a suspect was being questioned after he was taken into custody just outside of Our Daily Bread, in the city’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. The mission provides hot meals, daytime shelter and a variety of other services and programs.
Emergency responders responded around 8:45 a.m. Saunders said a man was dead at the scene and a woman was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Witnesses indicated the shooting followed an altercation, but police still were investigating and weren’t sure of the relationships of those involved.
Garland Butts, a chef at the mission, said he heard a pop, then saw “a guy waving the gun in the air.” Butts told WCPO-TV people ran toward the kitchen and out the back door.
The mission serves 400 to 500 people a day. People were being directed to a nearby church that offers shelter.
Our Daily Bread Executive Director Georgine Getty said staffers were shaken by the shooting.
“We just try to be a place of safety and warmth for people who need us,” she told WCPO. “I just can’t understand why something like this would happen.”
She said there were about 150 people at the mission at the time of the shooting.