Cincinnati, Ohio, has been shaken by a shooting that resulted in the death of an 11-year-old boy and the injury of five others. The violence erupted in the West End of Cincinnati around 9:30 pm on November 3, 2023, when the Cincinnati Police Department responded to a call of multiple gunshots being fired, 22 shots in rapid bursts. They arrived to find six gunshot victims.
Among the victims was Dominic Davis, an 11-year-old boy who was pronounced dead at the scene. The other injured parties, children whose ages span from 12 to 15, and a 53-year-old woman, were transported with haste to local medical facilities, with three victims in critical condition at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and two at the University of Cincinnati Hospital.
Following the tragic event, Cincinnati Police released body cam footage from the officers at the scene, emphasizing their commitment to transparency amid the ongoing struggle with violence in the city.
In the wake of the shooting, the devastated father of the young victim, Isaac Davis, pleaded with the community during a press conference for witnesses to step forward. His call was echoed by Cincinnati City Manager Sheryl Long, who, having experienced gun violence in her family, voiced her grief and her determination to seek justice.
Police Chief Teresa Theetge and Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval have both spoken out against the violence. Chief Theetge implored the perpetrators to give themselves up and stressed the police department’s dedication to the pursuit of justice.
Investigators are currently hard at work, piecing together evidence and appealing to the public for any information that could lead to an arrest in the case.
The incident, and the subsequent release of the body cam footage, illustrates a sobering view of the police response and adds depth to the story of yet another community touched by the widespread challenge of gun violence.
As the investigation moves forward, officials continue to urge anyone with details about the incident to come forward to assist in the ongoing investigation and help ensure those responsible are held accountable.