3 killed, suspect dead in Cincinnati shooting, police chief says

Authorities respond to the scene of a shooting at Cincinnati's Fountain Square

Police Respond to Active Shooter Situation in Downtown Cincinnati

An Indian youth was among the three people who were killed when a gunman opened fire at a bank in the U.S. state of Ohio. An unarmed security officer helps someone up and races with that person around a corner, moments before the gunman walks into view, firing shots. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone caught up in this awful event.

Suspect Omar Enrique Santa Perez is displayed on a security video that was shown during a news conference, September 7, 2018, in Cincinnati, detailing the shooting incident from the previous day in the city's downtown business district.

Cincinnati police chief Eliot Isaac called the rampage "very horrific", though police said the circumstances surrounding the violence and a potential motive are thus far elusive. The gunman entered a loading dock and opened fire before entering the lobby of the building, where several police officers engaged him, Isaac said. Each suffered gunshot wounds, officials said.

The University of Cincinnati Medical Center received victims with gunshot wounds, a woman and three men, said Kelly Martin, senior director of UC Health.

People were also asked to avoid the area around Fountain Square. Perez was later shot dead by the police. He said a woman also was walking into the bank at the same time, but she had her headphones on and couldn't hear their warnings.

"Let's join efforts to help Ana Maria through these hard times, when she has so many unforeseen expenses to cover", they wrote.

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If it had taken longer to kill him, Perez could have killed many more people, Mayor John Cranley said.

The Telugu Association of North America (TANA) is making arrangement to send the body to India, sources said.

He says it "could have been much, much worse" if not for the immediate police response to end the threat.

Police earlier characterized the incident as an "active shooter/officer involved shooting incident" in a tweet, but did not elaborate.

Police said he went into a sandwich shop and other businesses before entering the lobby and opening fire in the building that sits alongside Fountain Square, often a site of concerts, dancing, food trucks and other events around lunchtime or in the evenings. He had completed his post-graduation and was working as a financial consultant in a bank in Cincinnati.

Fifth Third Bank has asked employees at the Fifth Third Center to stay home Friday. Police said people inside the 30-story Fifth Third Center skyscraper were being held in place but would be able to leave the building soon.

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