3 killed, suspect dead after shooting in Cincinnati’s Fountain Square

3 killed, suspect dead after shooting in Cincinnati’s Fountain Square

Cincinnati Police have confirmed that five people were injured in the shooting and there are four fatalities, including the shooter.

A gunman opened fire at a bank building in the United States city of Cincinnati Thursday, fatally wounding three people before police shot and killed him, authorities said.

Police Chief Eliot Isaac says they will study footage from the officers' body cameras and security from the 30-story building that headquarters Fifth Third Bancorp.

The suspect was subsequently killed by police.

The gunman has been identified by authorities as Omar Santa Perez.

Those killed and wounded by the gunman "appear to be innocent victims", Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley told reporters, adding that police officers were at the scene "within seconds".

First responders tend to a victim of a shooting near Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati.

"She walked in the door and he shot her", Cain told the paper, saying that he heard up to 15 shots fired.

He said a woman also was walking into the bank at the same time, but had her headphones on and couldn't hear their warnings.




One witness told FOX19 she heard about 20 shots before the store she was in was put on lockdown.

Investigators say the shooting in the lobby and loading dock area of the bank located at 511 Walnut Street.

People in and around the building reported hearing a series of gunshots. "I kind of got down on the ground and then all the cops started coming", witness James Walker told CNN affiliate WLWT.

Sammarco posted Thursday 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". The shooter also died at the scene. "It could have been any one of us", Cranley said. Isaac also said the suspect had a criminal record - all misdemeanors - in Cincinnati, as well as in SC and Palm Beach, Fla.

The gunman was among dozens of people visiting stores, business offices, hotels and eateries in Fountain Square on Thursday morning.

Officials with Fifth Third bank released a statement in wake of the shooting, saying in part, "Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone caught up in this bad event".

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

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.

"I made it out to see my kids, to see another day", she said with relief. Several people in critical condition.

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