Gunman, Three Others Killed In US Bank Shooting

Larry Hoffman
September 7, 2018

Bank manager Greg Harshfield, who on the 29th floor of the building when the shooting began, said that he heard multiple shots and saw police arrive nearly immediately.

"[The Cincinnati Police Department is] investigating an active shooter/officer involved shooting incident at Fifth Third Bank at 511 Walnut Street in lobby and loading dock", reads the tweet, which adds that more details are forthcoming and that the area will be closed to foot traffic.

A gunman carrying enough ammunition to cause "a bloodbath beyond imagination" killed three people and wounded two others Thursday morning at a high-rise office building in the heart of Cincinnati before dying in a hail of police gunfire. Police rreports indicate multiple victims.

Cincinnati Police have confirmed that the gunman is deceased.

Perez managed to shoot five people.

One victim was located at Fifth and Walnut streets, while another was discovered inside a nearby Graeter's ice cream shop, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. As previously announced, two other victims received at UC Medical Center are deceased.

The gun used in the shooting was legally purchased by Santa Perez, according to Chief Isaac, and police say they believe he may have suffered from mental health issues. "This is an American problem, that we as Americans must solve by putting ideology last and human life first", said Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley.

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".

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

Police Chief Isaac said Perez had never worked at Fifth Third and there is no information linking him to other businesses in the building.

Perez is a US citizen born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, family members said Thursday. "What we need, as a community is ― not just as a community but as a country ― is how to end these multiple mass shootings".

Federal agents were on the scene. Eastern time, none of the victims had been publicly identified. One of the victims died at the scene.

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

Michael Richardson told Cincinnati.com that he saw the man shooting in the lobby, saying, "I looked behind me and saw the guy - he shot and then he shot again".

"Everybody was in there crying. 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". Although people tried to get her attention before she entered the building, she was wearing headphones and did not hear them.

"They were dropping to the ground to get away, trying to find a way to protect themselves", she told Local 12 News.

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