Cincinnati Active Shooter Reports at 5/3 Building Downtown

The shooter opened fire early in the morning at the loading dock of the Fifth Third Bank building

US: Active shooter in downtown Cincinnati

The suspect, Omar Enrique Santa Perez, had a pistol and more than 200 rounds of ammunition, police said.

The incident occurred in a lobby and loading dock of the Fifth Third Bank on Walnut Street, city's Fountain Square.

A police officer comforts a woman outside UCMC ER following an active shooter situation in downtown Cincinnati.

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray tweeted: "Concerning today's shootings, we offer our condolences to Mayor John Cranley, the victims and good citizens of Cincinnati".

Authorities said the death toll in a gunman's attack on a downtown Cincinnati office building could have been higher.

"So, a very horrific situation", Isaac said at the shooting scene.

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Gun shots rang out just after 9 am (9 pm Singapore time) at the high-rise headquarters of Fifth Third Bank, a regional financial institution in Ohio's third-largest city. "It could have been much, much worse" without the quick law enforcement intervention, he said. 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".

Cincinnati Police respond to a shooting inside a bank in downtown, in this social media photo released in Cincinnati, Ohio, on September 6, 2018.

Varying media accounts quote witnesses as saying they heard anywhere from eight to 15 gunshots. The scene was secured within the hour, but Fountain Square and the surrounding area remain closed to traffic.

Killed were Pruthvi Raj Kandepi, 25, Richard Newcomer, 64, and Luis Felipe Calderón, 48, Hamilton County Coroner Lakshmi Sammarco, said. Two other victims are being treated at University of Cincinnati hospital.

McDonald says his co-workers were told to stay in place and that he saw two men wheeled out on stretchers. "After that I started running", he told the Enquirer.

Chief Isaac says Santa Perez was engaged by several officers in the first floor lobby of Fifth Third Bank.

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Two other victims were injured.

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

Isaac said Perez died after the first officers on the scene shot him multiple times.

"This is a shock that none of us could have ever expected and we're focused on praying for his family and getting through this", Cotter said.

Witnesses describe a chaotic scene.

The Enquirer said some customers were hiding inside a bathroom at the bank, and that one gunshot victim was found inside a nearby ice cream shop. He said a woman, who was wearing headphones, didn't hear the warnings and walked into the bank and was shot. He did not hear the shots, he said, but he saw emergency responders wheeling out victims on stretchers.

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