4 dead, including gunman, in Cincinnati bank shooting
- Author: Rogelio Becker Sep 08, 2018,
Sep 08, 2018, 1:00
He said Perez has lived in the Cincinnati area since at least 2015.
A Louisville woman, Whitney Austin, was shot when a gunman opened fire in the Fifth Third building in Downtown Cincinnati on September 6.
The suspect, Omar Enrique Santa Perez, had a pistol and more than 200 rounds of ammunition, police said. One of the people wounded was in fair condition Friday and another patient was in serious condition at University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
"This is abnormal. No other industrialized country has this level of active multiple shootings on a regular basis", Mayor John Cranley said about the shooting.
He noted the building on the city's Fountain Square houses popular ice cream, sandwich and pastry shops. "It could have been much, much worse" without the quick law enforcement intervention, he said.
Cincinnati police chief Eliot Isaac said investigators don't know why Santa Perez made a decision to open fire in the building where Fifth Third Bancorp has its headquarters.
Leonard Cain was going back inside the bank when someone alerted him to the shooting.
The Enquirer also reports that bystanders said they heard "perhaps as many as 12" gunshots.
Almost three hours after the incident, several streets in downtown Cincinnati remained closed to traffic.
A visitor from Germany sat at a table on Fountain Square, enjoying a sunny morning when he heard some teens shouting about a shooting.
"We prepare for situations like these and hope they never happen", said Amanda Nageleisen, UC Health spokeswoman.
"I just (saw) people running out of the building", the witness said.
Afterward, police swarmed the gunman's apartment in North Bend, Ohio, about 15 miles west of Cincinnati. Cook said she and two other employees hid in the bathroom.
Michael Richardson, who works in the bank building, told The Cincinnati Enquirer that he was standing outside the entrance when he heard gunshots in the lobby. "I kind of got down on the ground and then all the cops started coming", witness James Walker told WLWT.
Perez's aunt said her nephew held various jobs and was now working, though his aunt and her family did not know where.
"We could see there was a large police presence that seemed to come quickly and could see them blocking Fountain Square", Harshfield told reporters.
Cincinnati Police have confirmed that five people were injured in the shooting and there are four fatalities, including the shooter. He said he saw a man firing a gun inside the bank lobby.
The department tweeted it as an "active shooter/officer involved shooting incident".