Three dead, five wounded in Cincinnati shooting; suspect also dead

Frederick Owens
September 7, 2018

In all, the hospital received four gunshot wound victims from this morning's incident.

Police at first said they had responded to "an active shooter situation" at the Fifth Third Bank building and there were multiple injuries. The suspect died after being "engaged" by police officers.

Police identified the gunman, felled in a shootout with officers, as 29-year-old Omar Perez.

The scene was announced as secure at around 9:15 a.m. ET, but there were multiple victims; one was found in the area of 511 Walnut Street, which is adjacent to the city's Fountain Square.

John Cranley, the mayor of Cincinnati, said the gunman had been "actively shooting innocent victims" - and described the scene as "horrific". The gunman had a pistol and more than 200 rounds of ammunition, the chief said.

Witness Cheryl Eagleson said she was across the street from the bank when she heard "loud pops" from a gun, prompting people to drop to the ground.

A shooter killed three people and injured two others in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio at what is known as the 5/3 building.

A vigil for the three people killed in Thursday's mass shooting will happen at 4:00 p.m. Friday at Fountain Square. He noted that it "could have been much, much worse" if not for the quick police response to the shooting. The two other victims are being treated at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. "We're a bit rattled", said Gregory Harshfield, Fifth Third Bank manager.

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Writer Anne Saker reported on Twitter that bystanders said they heard 12 shots, and police were bringing a Metro bus to the scene to take witnesses away from it.

Sammarco posted Wednesday 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".

Federal agents were on the scene as police searched through the building.

Police said two people were wounded. One is in critical condition and one is serious.

A large part of downtown Cincinnati was cordoned off after the shooting.

Michael Richardson, who works in the building, was just outside the main doors smoking a cigarette when he heard gunshots.

Perez's aunt said her nephew held various jobs and was now working, though his aunt and her family did not know where. "You know, these are things that we see happening across the country, and we all have to be vigilant and prepared to deal with these situations". We continue to work with law enforcement as we ensure the safety of our employees and customers.

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