Shooting at bank in OH kills four people, including gunman

Police Respond to Active Shooter Situation in Downtown Cincinnati

Police Respond to Active Shooter Situation in Downtown Cincinnati

The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that with four dead, including the gunman, this is the deadliest mass shooting in the Cincinnati region since 2013.

Police say they don't know why 29-year-old Omar Enrique Santa Perez made a decision to open fire in the building.

Emergency personnel and police respond to reports of an active shooter situation near Fountain Square Sept. 6, 2018, in downtown Cincinnati.

The Enquirer said some customers hid inside a bathroom at the bank, and one gunshot victim was found inside a nearby ice cream shop.

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

A large part of downtown Cincinnati was cordoned off after the shooting. Without the police's rapid response, "it could have been much, much worse", he said. Leonard Cain was entering the bank when someone alerted him to the shooting. Passersby tried to similarly warn a woman not to enter the building, but she couldn't hear them over her headphones.

Jaenetta Cook, who manages a bakery on the first floor, said she hurried to lock the door after the first two shots.

Reports of an active shooter began to flood the city's 911 lines just after 9 a.m. Thursday.

The area around the bank was closed to pedestrians after the shooting, police said.

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Witnesses tell me they heard 10-12 shots.

Sammarco posted Wednesday on Facebook, asking how officials will explain to his parents "they will never see their son again because of a senseless shooting in a foreign country".

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley credited police and firefighters for their heroic actions, running into the bank lobby to confront the shooter.

Police said the gunman, a Cincinnati-area resident since 2015, wasn't a current or past Fifth Third employee. But they said the 9 mm semi-automatic handgun was purchased legally in Cincinnati in August.

The three men killed were Luis Felipe Calderon, 48; Pruthvi Raj Kandepi, 25; and Richard Newcomer, 64, according to the Hamilton County Coroner's office.

Perez's aunt said her nephew held various jobs and was now working, though his aunt and her family did not know where.

The other two remain in hospital, one in a critical condition and the other serious.

"Then we knew what was going on", Hanson said. The company in a statement said it's working with law enforcement and offers thoughts and prayers for "everyone caught up in this awful event". The bank added that it was cooperating with law enforcement and is "grateful for the support and concerns from our neighbors throughout Cincinnati and the country".

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