Published: Sat, September 08, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Cincinnati Shooting at Downtown Bank: Four Fatalities, Five Injured

Cincinnati Shooting at Downtown Bank: Four Fatalities, Five Injured

The University of Cincinnati Medical Center confirmed to WCPO that four victims were transported to its hospital.

A gunman opened fire in a downtown Cincinnati office building Thursday, killing three people and wounding at least two more before he was fatally shot, police said. "Everything transpired in the loading dock area and the lobby of the building", said the police chief, adding that it's not clear yet whether the victims were targeted.

Three people were killed by the gunman, Isaac said, and at least two other victims were reportedly hospitalized with gunshot wounds.

A Cincinnati city council official said there had been "fatalities" with police warning of an "active shooter".

Medics pronounced the gunman, and one of his victims, dead at the scene.

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said: "We send our prayers to the victims and their families".

Bank manager Greg Harshfield told CNN affiliate WXIX that he could hear the shooting unfold from an upper floor of the building.

The Enquirer also reports that bystanders said they heard "perhaps as many as 12" gunshots.

Investigators searched the gunman's residence but there was no immediate indicator of motive.

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The site of Thursday's shooting sits alongside Fountain Square, often a site of concerts, dancing, food trucks and other events around lunchtime or in the evenings.

Newcomer was doing work on the third floor of the building and "just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time", Cotter said.

Police later swarmed an apartment in North Bend, Ohio, a village some 15 miles west of Cincinnati. Cook said she and two other employees hid in the bathroom for the duration of the shooting.

Twenty-nine-year-old Omar Enrique Santa Perez began shooting at a Cincinnati high-rise Thursday before officers opened fire on him.

Police officers and ambulances rushed to the scene at the Fifth Third Center, a 30-story building in the heart of downtown, during the morning rush.

He then saw a woman who was also walking into the bank. He said he saw a man firing a gun inside the bank lobby. "We didn't know where to go because we didn't have a backdoor", she told reporters.

"I kind of got down on the ground and then all the cops started coming", he said.

The mayor said the incident "is not normal, and it shouldn't be viewed as normal", adding the the United States is the only industrialized nation with frequent active shooter incidents.

Fifth Third, which operates 1,200 banking centers across several states, in a statement offered its "thoughts and prayers" for everyone "caught up in this bad event".

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