Active Shooter Reported in Downtown Cincinnati

Marsha Scott
September 8, 2018

"If he had gotten on the elevator, gone up to a floor, if he had been there earlier or a little bit longer, many more people would have been killed", Cranley said.

A gunman entered a downtown Cincinnati skyscraper through a loading dock on Thursday morning (Sept 6) and then opened fire in the lobby, killing three people and injuring five others before police officers shot and killed him.

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said that the gunman was "actively shooting innocent victims" and that it was a "horrific" and "grotesque" scene. He died after being shot several times by police, Isaac said. Two others are injured and in critical condition.

It happened at a 30-story building, home to the corporate headquarters for regional banker Fifth Third Bancorp and other businesses, including popular ice cream, pastry and sandwich shops.

The chief says they had a "quick response" and 'there is no additional threat'.

Cincinnati police chief Eliot Isaac said investigators don't know why Santa Perez chose to open fire in the building where Fifth Third Bancorp has its headquarters.

"She walked in the door and he shot her", Cain told Cincinnati.com.

His aunt, Yudy Martinez Perez, slumped against a kitchen wall and muttered denials after she heard the news, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

The gunman has been identified by authorities as Omar Santa Perez.

Streets around Fountain Square were closed, media reported.

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"It is all too clear that we have to do more in OH to address the gun violence affecting communities across the state", said a statement from the OH chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense.

"I made it out to see my kids, to see another day", she said with relief.

This handout photo obtained on September 6, 2018 courtesy of Jeremy Monahan via Twitter shows police responding to a shooting at a bank in Cincinnati, Ohio. Officers struck Perez multiple times, causing him to fall to the ground, Isaac said.

One witness, James Walker told CNN affiliate WLWT, said he heard about eight gunshots and got on his knees.

The Enquirer interviewed a person who said he saw a man firing a gun inside the bank lobby.

- Police in Cincinnati are investigating an active shooter at a bank in downtown Cincinnati, according to the city's police department. "After that, I started running", Richardson said.

A WKRC-TV reporter posted pictures to Twitter showing police responding to the scene.

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

Fifth Third, which operates 1,200 banking centers across several states, in a statement offered its "thoughts and prayers" for everyone "caught up in this awful event".

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