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‘A horrific situation: 4 dead in Cincinnati bank shooting

‘A horrific situation: 4 dead in Cincinnati bank shooting

September 6, 2018; Scenes from an active shooter situation in downtown Cincinnati at Fountain Square on Sept. 6, 2018.

A gunman opened fire inside a bank in downtown Cincinnati on Thursday morning, killing at least three people and wounding others before being shot and killed by police, authorities said.

Witnesses said they heard volleys of gunfire and one said that a woman was shot as she entered the bank building's lobby. "Suspect is dead. Three or four officers responded and engaged the shooter", police wrote in an update on Twitter.

The chief later identified the shooter as Omar Enrique Santa Perez, a 29-year-old man from the town of North Bend, Ohio. He died at the scene, Isaac said.

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

He noted the building on the city's Fountain Square houses popular ice cream, sandwich and pastry shops.

"[The Cincinnati Police Department is] investigating an active shooter/officer involved shooting incident at Fifth Third Bank at 511 Walnut Street in lobby and loading dock", reads the tweet, which adds that more details are forthcoming and that the area will be closed to foot traffic.

Leonard Cain told The Cincinnati Enquirer he was going inside the bank when someone alerted him there was shooting.

"I was walking past the Chipotle and I had my headphones in when some woman stopped me and said 'You don't want to go to the square, we just heard gun shots, ' " he says.

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Kevin Grasha, a reporter with The Enquirer said the scene is now secure with reports of several people with critical gunshot wounds.

A spokeswoman for Fifth Third Bank says the company would comment later.

The office tower where the shooting occurred remained on lockdown more than an hour after the incident, as police swept the building. "After that I started running", he told the Enquirer. He was shot multiple times, according to Isaac.

"I made it out to see my kids, to see another day", she said in relief.

Two more died at University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray tweeted: "Concerning today's shootings, we offer our condolences to Mayor John Cranley, the victims and good citizens of Cincinnati. I can't put into words how grief-stricken we are", Cotter said.

There were people screaming "shooter, run, leave", in Fountain Square, a park that often hosts concerts, dancing, and food trucks.

He praised "the heroism" of police who ended the threat within seconds and the response of other emergency personnel.

Fifth Third operates some 1,200 banking centers in 10 states.


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