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The shooting took place at the Target location at 3245 Geier Drive in Oakley.

One man has been killed in a shooting that occurred earlier today outside the Target in Oakley, Cincinnati police announced during a press conference this afternoon.

While the incident was initially thought to involve an active shooter, Interim Cincinnati Police Chief Teresa Theetge said during the press conference that once forces arrived on the scene, it was determined it was not an active shooter and it was “a shooter who had an intended target.”

Theetge said the shooting happened “just outside of the front doors of the Target store” at 3245 Geier Drive. She said no one in the store was hurt and the shooter “only fired a shot at the intended target.”

Shoppers and employees at Target called for help and, according to Theetge, “they did the right thing, they sheltered in place inside the Target store.” She said once the Cincinnati Police Department arrived on the scene, SWAT was sent through the building to ensure the area was safe.

The suspect, who has not been identified, left in a vehicle after the shooting and has not been taken into custody, Theetge said.

The victim’s identity has not been released.

Theetge says more information is to come but details are sparse right now. “This is a very, very active investigation,” she said.

Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval, who stood next to Chief Theetge throughout the press conference, issued the following statement:

“We are praying for everyone whose life has been upended by this afternoon’s tragic shooting. I am extremely thankful to our Cincinnati Police for their swift response, their immediate attention to ensuring the safety of all others at the scene and their dedication to searching for the person responsible.

While today’s shooting was not ultimately an active shooter situation, that does not diminish the unacceptable fact that there is far too much gun violence in our city and across the country. We cannot become numb to this senseless loss of life. We must, and we will, continue to work hard to ensure our neighborhoods are safe for everyone to live a full, happy and meaningful life.”

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