'A horrific situation': 4 dead in Cincinnati bank shooting

Emergency personnel and police respond to a reported active shooter situation near Fountain Square Thursday Sept. 6 2018 in Cincinnati

"At least three or four of our officers did engage the suspect", Isaac said.

Four people are dead, including the gunman, after a shooting at a bank in the USA city of Cincinnati.

Police in Cincinnati have reported three people killed and a gunman dead in a shooting at a bank.

The city's police chief, Eliot Isaac, said he could not confirm local media reports that the gunman was a disgruntled employee of the bank, and said he had no information that the victims were targeted. Hospital officials said two people died upon arrival while another is still in critical condition.

Another victim was reportedly located inside the nearby Graeter's ice cream shop, next door to the Fifth Third Bank building on Fountain Square. He said it "could have been much, much worse" if not for the immediate police response to end the threat.

Perez, who was among those killed, entered the Fifth Third Bank's loading dock just after 9 a.m. and opened fire before moving into the building's lobby, according to police.

Witnesses tell me they heard 10-12 shots.

By the Enquirer's count-which defines "mass shooting" by the total number of victims, not the number of people killed-this is the 15th mass shooting in the area since 2013, and also the deadliest.

Police identified him as Omar Enrique Santa Perez, 29, but said they don't know what motivated the attack.

Ebony Ginyard, who works at a Dunkin' Donuts in Fountain Square, said she and other workers and customers dropped to the floor when the shooting started. He said one investigator warned it could have been "a bloodbath beyond imagination".

Governor of Ohio, John Kasich commended police saying: "There was a senseless act of gun violence on the streets of Cincinnati this morning". Five victims injured, three dead.

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

During the press conference, the Cincinnati Police Department showed the body camera footage of officers firing shots into the building. A phalanx of police officers and ambulances rushed to the scene at the height of morning rush.

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

Michael Richardson was outside on a smoke break when he said he heard gunshots coming from the bank lobby. When the elevator doors opened, Hanson said her co-worker nearly stepped on a man's body.

This is abnormal. No other industrialised country has this level of active multiple shooting on a regular basis...

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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