Multiple people shot at Cincinnati bank

Saul Bowman
September 10, 2018

An Indian youth was among the three people who were killed when a gunman opened fire at a bank in the USA state of Ohio.

A gunman carrying hundreds of rounds of ammunition opened fire in a downtown office building Thursday, killing three people and wounding at least two more before he was fatally shot by cops.

Police say he drove his own vehicle to the Fountain Square area sometime before 9 a.m. and entered several businesses, including a sandwich shop at the Fifth Third Center.

According to CBS News, 29-year-old Omar Enrique Santa Perez is allegedly caught on surveillance footage entering the Fifth Third Bancorp headquarters on Thursday morning and opening fire.

Police Chief Eliot Isaac said that officers exchanged gunfire with the shooter, but it was not immediately clear if police shot and killed him or if he killed himself.

The chief said some of the victims were shot multiple times. Without the police's rapid response, "it could have been much, much worse", he said. Police said the circumstances surrounding the violence and a motive are thus far elusive.

Police say Santa Perez was not an employee of Fifth Third Bank. Deters confirmed it was the suspect's residence. According to the family's spokesperson, Austin was on a conference call as she walked into the lobby of the building, directly into the shooting scene.

"This is a horrific incident and we really are grateful to the quick and decisive actions of the officers and fire personnel who responded", said Isaac. "I've spoken with the Mayor and informed him the state will provide any necessary resources to the local police", Kasich said on Twitter.

The only son of Kandepi Gopinath and Kandepi Sudha Rani, Pruthviraj had gone to the U.S. six years ago and after completing his education joined the bank as a consultant.

"I looked behind me and saw the guy - he shot and then he shot again". "After that I started running".

"We stand united with our friends at Fifth Third and with everyone who has been touched by this tragedy", said United Way President and CEO Michael Johnson.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

A woman who works with her had taken the elevator down to get a drink.

Jessica Hanson said her co-worker was in shock and that's when people in her office found what had happened.

"All that was going through my mind was they're coming, they're coming for us". Then, she heard more noise that "sounded as if they were getting closer and closer". Neighbor Karen Rose said Perez's vehicle recently broke down, leading him to take the bus; she said he seemed "standoffish" and often had ear buds in. She said she was relieved to survive, "to see my kids, to see another day". Two more died at University of Cincinnati Medical Center. The wounded were listed there in critical condition and fair condition.

Hanson says she was working on one of the lower floors when she heard gunshots. "Run-leave!", in Fountain Square, a park that often hosts concerts, dancing, and food trucks.

Police didn't release any other details as they established a large presence in North Bend, a village west of Cincinnati.

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