CINCINNATI, Ohio (Reuters) - A black civil rights activist was shot and seriously wounded on Wednesday in what authorities said was a targeted attack outside City Hall, where he had been speaking. Michael Bailey, a city bus driver who calls himself Gen. Kabaka Oba and leads a civil rights group called the Black Fist, was shot several times while in his car across from City Hall, Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory said.
"We do have a description of the individual involved. Whoever it was who shot Kabaka Oba, targeted him," Mallory said, without providing further details.
A few minutes before the shooting, Bailey had made one of his frequent speaking appearances before a City Council meeting during the body's public comment period. Witnesses said his comments were not unusual, consisting mostly of criticisms of the police.
Bailey was among several black activists who came to the fore during race riots during a five-day period in April 2001 that followed the shooting of an unarmed black man by a white officer. It was one of several instances where officers had shot black suspects, prompting federal oversight of the police department.