Published: Fri, September 07, 2018

'HORRIFIC SITUATION': 4 dead in downtown Cincinnati bank shooting

'HORRIFIC SITUATION': 4 dead in downtown Cincinnati bank shooting

Emergency personnel and police respond to reports of an active shooter situation near Fountain Square Sept. 6, 2018, in downtown Cincinnati. Police responded within seconds, and four officers opened fire, bullets smashing through glass doors and the gunman falling to the floor, authorities said.

The shooter is 29-year-old Omar Perez.

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. Cranley said the shooting "could have been much, much worse" if not for the immediate police response to end the threat.

The man entered the loading dock of the 30-story Fifth Third Bank building at Fountain Square and began shooting about 9 a.m. local time, Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac told reporters. Although people tried to get her attention before she entered the building, she was wearing headphones and did not hear them.

Another witness said he heard at least 15 shots.

One unnamed eyewitness, a construction worker, told WLWT television that he heard at least six gunshots before police arrived.

The chaos unfolded alongside Fountain Square, the heavily trafficked park at the city's center.

The shooting took place at Fifth Third Bank, 511 Walnut St., according to police. One of the injured is in serious condition, while the other is in critical condition.

No officers were injured in the incident, and the gunman's motive remains unclear.

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

A spokeswoman for University of Cincinnati Medical Center told CBS affiliate WKRC-TV that four victims had been transported to the hospital.

He then saw a woman who was also walking into the bank.

Richardson said he also saw a cop dragging a bloodied woman out of the lobby. We knew immediately something was wrong. "It could have been any one of us", he said.

Jaenetta Cook, who manages Servatii Bakery on the building's first floor, said she hurried to lock the door after the first two shots were fired.

The scene was secure not long after the department received the report at 9:10 a.m., according to police and the Cincinnati Enquirer.

"I just seen people running out of the building", the eyewitness said.

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

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