Published: Sat, September 08, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Louisville woman injured in Cincinnati Fifth Third building shooting

Louisville woman injured in Cincinnati Fifth Third building shooting

UC Health in Cincinnati confirmed via Twitter that it received four of the victims - three males and one female.

The gunman then entered the bank's lobby and continued to shoot.

According to Fox News, the gunman, who has not been identified, was subsequently shot dead in a shootout after "three or four officers responded".

The footage also showed 29-year-old Omar Enrique Santa Perez walking quickly past a security turnstile Thursday morning just as he was shot by police officers who fired through a plate glass window. Two have since died, while one remains in critical condition.

Mayor John Cranley said the gunman was "actively shooting innocent victims" and lamented how commonplace gun violence has become in America during a press conference following the violent attack.

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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.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said the rapid police response probably prevented many more casualties.

"She walked in the door and he shot her", Leonard Cain told the Cincinnati Enquirer. Although people tried to get her attention before she entered the building, she was wearing headphones and did not hear them.

Witnesses tell me they heard 10-12 shots.

September 6, 2018; Scenes from an active shooter situation in downtown Cincinnati at Fountain Square on Sept. 6, 2018.

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A SWAT team and bomb squad investigators were searching Perez's apartment hours after the shooting in the hopes of learning more about him, but police didn't release any details about the search. "Square and surrounding area will be closed to foot traffic", police wrote.

Asked what should be done Thursday, Cranley said: "In my opinion, all solutions need to be on the table".

The shooter was reportedly dressed in business casual clothes and carrying a briefcase before opening fire at people at a downtown bank.

Another witness, Michael Richardson, who works in the Fifth Third Bank building, told the newspaper he was outside smoking a cigarette when he heard gunshots. The first 911 call came 55 seconds after the first shot, and it took police 3-and-a-half minutes to arrive on scene. The mayor said his dad used to work in the building.

No police officers were among the injured, Cincinnati.com reported.

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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". "Then he saw a man in white shirt and brown trousers holding a gun and heard 'rounds of gunfire, '" he wrote. We knew immediately something was wrong.

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