Three men including a retired Cincinnati police officer and his son were shot Tuesday night leaving a soccer game at Elder High School’s Panther Athletics Complex.
The victims are expected to recover and are not the intended targets, said Lt. Tim Brown, Cincinnati police’s night chief.
Gunfire ripped out about 9:45 p.m. at complex off Quebec Road after the “Senior Night” soccer game between Elder and Moeller High School.
Witnesses reported hearing five gunshots, Brown said.
The shooting had no connection to the game.
Bullets grazed the retired officer in his left hip and his son, 20, in the buttocks, Brown said.
Both refused medical treatment.
The third victim, 44, was shot in the upper thigh.
He was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center and is expected to recover, Brown said.
The victims’ names were not released.
A motive in the shooting remains unclear, Brown said early Wednesday.
No arrests were made, and there is no suspect information.
Cincinnati Police Sgt. Dan Hils was at the event and said the shooting occurred long after the game ended.
He was with a group of soccer players and their families gathered on a large patio next to the soccer field, enjoying the pleasant weather, soft drinks and food.
He said he didn’t hear the gunshots or see who fired them.
He helped one of the shooting victims, the 44-year-old man with a leg wound. He put pressure on his leg to stop the bleeding.
“I did not hear the shots. I heard someone yelling he was shot, so I ran over to where he was,” Hils recalled. “I saw the gentleman had been shot in the leg and tended to him.”
He called the incident “disgusting.”
Hils, who is president of the union that represents Cincinnati police, said he is not sure if the shooting is random.
Perhaps that could be a plausible theory if just a single bullet was fired. But, in this case, he noted, several were.
“You could not have had something more innocent if you tried. There were no alcoholic beverages. It was soccer players sitting around with their families and coaching staff. And somebody shot at us.”
Cincinnati Enquirer content partner Fox 19 provided this report.