Cincinnati woman shot 12 times at bank expected to survive

Larry Hoffman
September 10, 2018

Police Chief Eliot Issac said the shooter unleashed a torrent of bullets in the loading dock of the Fifth Third Bank building in the city's Fountain Square around 9 a.m.

Police said he went into a sandwich shop and possibly other businesses before entering the lobby and opening fire around 9:10 a.m.

One of the victims died at the scene and two more died at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, according to reports.

A police officer comforts a woman outside UCMC ER following an active shooter situation in downtown Cincinnati, Sept. 6, 2018.

Afterward, police swarmed the gunman's apartment in North Bend, Ohio, about 15 miles west of Cincinnati.

Isaac thanked the efforts of the responding officers, and said they stopped what could have been a larger shooting.

An aunt of the man who killed three and injured two during a shooting Thursday broke down crying when she learned her nephew was responsible for the attack. The wounded were listed there in critical condition and fair condition.

Newcomer had worked for the company for four years, overseeing trade workers like Montoya.

Austin is grateful for the officers who aided her and for the support from many others, the spokesperson said.

The other two deceased were identified as 48-year-old Luis Felipe Calderon and 64-year-old Richard Newcomer.

"He was very quiet", said Martinez, who speaks only limited English.

"We couldn't be more grief-stricken", he said.

The gunman wasn't immediately identified, and police didn't comment on a possible motive. "I think there's something deeply sick at work here".

"I heard about eight gunshots, and I actually got on my knees".

Police don't know yet why 29-year-old Omar Enrique Santa Perez began shooting randomly inside the bank headquarters.

Another onlooker, Leonard Cain, told a newspaper he had been about to enter the bank when someone warned him about the shooting.

"I was walking past the Chipotle and I had my headphones in when some woman stopped me and said 'You don't want to go to the square, we just heard gun shots, ' " he says. "Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone caught up in this awful event", the statement says.

A spokesperson from Fifth Third said the family is preparing its next steps and soon will let people know how they can help.

The victims apparently were shot at random by the gunman, who had no accomplices, Issac said.

Thursday evening the Cincinnati Reds honored the five shooting victims with a moment of silence while an image with "Cincinnati Strong" was displayed on the scoreboard.

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